Queen Elizabeth is relaxed and friendly, says prize-winning teen
A teenager awarded with the Queen’s Prize says Queen Elizabeth is “relaxed and friendly”.
Sam Sanders was presented with the prestigious prize after achieving incredible results for his A-level exams – three A* and an A – at Springwood High School.
He started at Oxford University studying philosophy, politics and economics.
The 18-year-old, from Norfolk, was invited to the monarch’s country estate of Sandrigham where he met the Queen herself.
Sam was also presented with a copy of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’, which had also been signed by Queen Elizabeth.
Recalling meeting the monarch, who he spent around 10 minutes with, Sam told the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: “We talked about Springwood and Oxford and my results. She was very relaxed, friendly and easy to talk to. I also saw one of her corgis.”
Sam was accompanied by his parents Grant and Allison Sanders for the presentation.
Allison added to the outlet: “It was lovely and the Queen was lovely. We are very proud of Sam.”
After the A-level results were revealed in August 2015, Springwood’s Executive Headteacher Andy Johnson said: “I congratulate all of the students and staff for these excellent results. The Sixth Form team has the highest expectations for every student and works tirelessly to ensure that every student achieves outstanding grades and secures their ‘first choice’ future.”