King Edward's School pupil meets royalty at Queen's Jubilee Lunch

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By KESW_CRO | Thursday, June 07, 2012, 17:09

Afoma Ojukwu, a Lower Sixth pupil from King Edward's School in Witley, near Godalming, attended the Queen's Jubilee Lunch on Tuesday at Westminster Hall and was lucky enough to be sat next to Prince William, following a surprise invite from a City Livery company that was hosting the lunch.

Afoma is being sponsored to attend King Edward's School by the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators and they nominated her for one of the coveted places at this prestigious lunch in London. She has been at the School since she was 11 years old, together with her younger sister, and they are both boarders in Elizabeth House. Afoma comes from Croydon and she was recently elected as a School Prefect and hopes to win a place at Oxford University after completing her International Baccalaureate at King Edward's next year. When Headmaster John Attwater asked her to meet him in his study, she had no idea what it was about and thought that she might be in trouble! However, she was astonished when he explained that she had been invited to the Lunch.

She had hardly recovered from the shock when she was contacted by the BBC National News who wanted to film and interview her. On Wednesday 30th May BBC news reporter, Jeremy Cooke, and his crew spent the morning with her and fellow pupils. They filmed a day in the life of Afoma at King Edward's, which included a choir practice, a Model United Nations debate and a netball training session. Jeremy also interviewed Afoma and asked her about the event and the Royal Family and how she had been chosen.

She told Jeremy Cooke "It will be the best day of my life! I am just so excited that I am going to be in the same room as the Queen, and on such a prestigious occasion – I cannot believe my luck!"

On the day itself, she was further surprised to see the table plan and find that she was to be seated next to the future King, Prince William! Afterwards, she told the BBC that it will be a day she will never forget and will be definitely something she tells the children about one day!



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