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Queen presents bible to Dersingham pupil for RE project and medal to student with top A’ Level results at KES in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 15:25 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:35 14 January 2018

Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

A 10-year-old girl has been presented with the same Royal prize that her father was awarded as a schoolboy almost 30 years ago.

Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his. Pictured with mum Ellen and sister Hadleigh.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his. Pictured with mum Ellen and sister Hadleigh. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Emily Clay, from Dersingham, won a bible signed by the Queen for a school religious education project.

Dad Tom, now 38, mother Ellen, 35 and sister Hadleigh, aged six, all met the Queen at Sandringham House on Sunday, when she presented Dersingham Primary and Nursery School pupil Emily with her prize.

Mrs Clay said the Queen asked Emily about her project - a folder about the bible story of Daniel and the Lions - before asking Hadleigh if she liked school.

Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

“She asked if Emily looked after Hadleigh and I said it was more the other way round,” she said. “She said it was like that with Princess Charlotte and Prince George.”

Mr Clay said he still remembered speaking to the Queen when being presented with his bible in 1990.

An EDP photographer was on hand back then to record the occasion on the black and white film of the time.

Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Emily Clay receives a Bible from The Queen 18 years after her dad Thomas received his. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

“It was very good that we all got to go in,” he said after Emily’s presentation.

“When I won it, it was just me and my headmaster who were allowed in.”

The Queen told the family she thought they were the first to have a parent and child who had both won the bible.

Student Owen Dewey receives gold medal award from the queen after he achieved the highest a'level grades at KES academy.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Student Owen Dewey receives gold medal award from the queen after he achieved the highest a'level grades at KES academy. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Afterwards, Mr Clay admitted he hoped Hadleigh would be able to make the Clays the first-ever hat trick.

Modern-day bibles presented by the Queen are also considerably larger than those presnted to promising students a generation ago.

The Queen also presented a medal to student Owen Dewey, for achieving the best A’ Level results at the King Edward VII Academy, in King’s Lynn.

Student Owen Dewey receives gold medal award from the queen after he achieved the highest a'level grades at KES academy.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Student Owen Dewey receives gold medal award from the queen after he achieved the highest a'level grades at KES academy. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Owen, 19, who comes from South Wootton, met the Queen at Sandringham with parents Chris and Jane Dewey, sister Kate and KES Academy principal Lloyd Brown.

Owen, who achieved A* grades in history and business studies and an A in English, is now studying English at Newcastle University.

Asked what he hoped to do after he graduates from university, he said: “Potentially teaching but I’m not sure yet.”

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