Charlie and Lola creator honored at Windsor Castle

A children’s author and TV presenter are among those due to receive royal honors at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

Lauren Child, the author and illustrator who created the much-loved Charlie and Lola books, is to be appointed CBE for Services to Children’s Literature.

Meanwhile, TV star and furniture restorer Jay Blades will become an MBE for services to be made.

Jay Blades is among those recognized at Windsor Castle (Yui Mok/PA)

The repair shop host, who left school with no qualifications, appeared on a show earlier this year about his efforts to learn to read.

Ahead of the release of the BBC One film Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51, he shared that he started his educational journey with the hope of being able to read a bedtime story to his teenage daughter for the first time.

Blades, from Hackney in east London, has previously told how his girlfriend read him the letter saying he was recognized in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Others due to receive the honors on Tuesday include sportswomen Emily Scarratt and Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, who will both be named MBEs.

Scarratt is vice-captain of the England women’s rugby team and is honored for her services to rugby union, while Rainford-Brent – a World Cup-winning cricketer and broadcaster – is recognized for his services to cricket and charity.

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