Marcus Rashford receives MBE from Prince William for campaign to feed children

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England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was awarded an MBE by the Duke of Cambridge for his campaign to support vulnerable children.

Rashford was pictured arriving on Tuesday morning at Windsor Castle with his mother Melanie for the ceremony.

The footballer, 24, was recognised for his campaign last summer to ensure no child in need went hungry, which resulted in the Government changing policy over its free school meals vouchers during lockdown.

The England forward has maintained his drive for social change by forming a child food poverty taskforce, which has linked up with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and food brands.

Prince William is hosting his first investiture since the pandemic began and will make actress Dame Sheila Hancock a dame commander for services to drama and charity.

She has been part of British cultural life since the 1960s with roles on the stage, screen and television.

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

The footballer, 24, was recognised for his campaign last summer to ensure no child in need went hungry (PA)
The footballer, 24, was recognised for his campaign last summer to ensure no child in need went hungry (PA)

Her career flourished with comedy performances on the BBC, with roles in sitcoms including The Rag Trade, Mr Digby Darling and Now, Take My Wife, and in recent years has appeared in movies including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

The Duke of Cambridge said he was "pleased to be back" carrying out investitures in person.

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

Marcus Rashford after receiving his MBE for services to Vulnerable Children in the UK during Covid-19 (PA)
Marcus Rashford after receiving his MBE for services to Vulnerable Children in the UK during Covid-19 (PA)

The duke's signed message read: "Pleased to be back doing investitures in person, celebrating people across the UK who have gone above and beyond for their country and community. W".

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