Royal appointment as Queen presents KES gold medal at Sandringham

King Edward VII student Hannah Hodges received the Prestigious Gold Award during a audience with the Queen at Sandringham. FLtoR Teresa Hodges.Niamh Hodges. Jeremy Hodges. Hannah Hodges with medal.Craig Morrison ( Head Teacher ) ANL-160124-140528009

King Edward VII student Hannah Hodges received the Prestigious Gold Award during a audience with the Queen at Sandringham. FLtoR Teresa Hodges.Niamh Hodges. Jeremy Hodges. Hannah Hodges with medal.Craig Morrison ( Head Teacher ) ANL-160124-140528009

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A West Norfolk student took time out of a gap year in France to enjoy an audience with the Queen at the weekend.

Hannah Hodges received the KES gold medal, which is presented in recognition of outstanding A level results at the King Edward VII Academy, at Sandringham on Sunday.

The Queen arriving for church service at Sandringham ANL-160124-143106009

The Queen arriving for church service at Sandringham ANL-160124-143106009

The 19-year-old, who transferred to KES from the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham in 2012, achieved A* grades in Philosophy and Ethics, English Literature and French in her A level exams last summer.

She is currently spending her gap year studying in Lyon before returning to Britain to begin a degree course in French and Beginners’ German at Oxford University this autumn.

She said: “I am really honoured to have received this award from and to be presented it by The Queen.

“I have had a fantastic two years at KES Academy and I am delighted with the outcome of my results.”

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Guest arriving for church service at Sandringham ANL-160124-143022009

First held in 1865 during the reign of Queen Victoria, the presentation has become a traditional feature of the Queen’s Christmas and new year holiday on the estate.

Hannah was joined by her parents Jeremy and Teresa, who said they were “very proud” and her sister Niamh for the ceremony.

KES principal Craig Morrison, who also attended the presentation, paid tribute to Hannah.

He said: “When Hannah opened her stunning A Level grades in August last year, what was remarkable, besides the height of her achievements, was the depth of her modesty and how charming her surprise was when compared to how confident her teachers and friends were that she would do so well.

The Duke of Edinburgh arriving for church service at Sandringham ANL-160124-143012009

The Duke of Edinburgh arriving for church service at Sandringham ANL-160124-143012009

“Hannah is a remarkable young lady with a wide number of interests and I wish her all the best for her future.”

The presentation was made after the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Sunday morning service at the St Mary Magdalene church.

The Duke of York and Princess Eugenie were also among the congregation.