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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 18:46 GMT 19:46 UK
Royal tribute to teachers
Buckingham Palace
Teachers were invited to Buckingham Palace
The Queen and senior members of the Royal Family paid tribute to the nation's teachers at a Buckingham Palace reception.

Queen bending down to pat Offa on head
Education Secretary David Blunkett attended the reception
Some 700 teachers and school governors judged to have made a major personal contribution to raising and maintaining standards in UK schools were invited to the event on Wednesday.

Excellence and significant improvements in sport, music, drama and social service community activities were recognised, as well as in mainstream academic studies.

The Education Secretary, David Blunkett, was also invited to the party, along with other senior education officials including the Chief Inspector of Schools in England, Chris Woodhead.

Other Royal Family members present included the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

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