William “happy to be back” in person during the investitures

The Duke of Cambridge said he was “happy to be back” to perform investitures in person as he hosted the first since the start of the pandemic.

William shared his thoughts in a personal tweet, which included a photo of an honor resting on a velvet cushion at Windsor Castle.

The Duke’s signed message read: “Delighted to be back to do investitures in person, celebrating people across the UK who have gone above and beyond for their country and community. W “.

Among other recipients, the royal awarded England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford an MBE for his campaign for vulnerable children.

Rashford, 24, is known for his dedication to ensuring that no child in need goes hungry, which prompted the government to change policy on its free school meal vouchers during the lockdown.

The England striker has continued his campaign for social change by forming a Child Food Poverty Task Force, which has partnered with some of the UK’s largest supermarkets and food brands.

Footballer Marcus Rashford with his mother Melanie Rashford before receiving his MBE at Windsor Castle (Andrew Matthews / PA)

William also made actress Dame Sheila Hancock a Lady Commander for her services to the theater and to charity.

She has been a part of British cultural life since the 1960s with roles in theater, screen and television.

Dame Sheila, who was married to actor John Thaw before his death in 2002, began her theater career, finding success in the West End and on Broadway.

Investitures at Windsor Castle
Actress Sheila Hancock is named Commander of the British Empire by the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle (Aaron Chown / PA)

His career flourished with comedic performances on the BBC, with roles in sitcoms like The Rag Trade, Mr Digby Darling and Now, Take My Wife, and films like The Boy In The Striped Pajamas.

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