The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

1. Ten-year-old Lydia Amito broke with protocol when she gave the Queen a hug, saying later: “I was so excited about meeting the Queen.”

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

2. Lydia Amito, a 10-year-old orphan from Uganda, stands outside Windsor Castle

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

3. She and the 21 other members of the Watoto Children’s Choir were invited to sing for the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee Pageant last weekend.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

4. Sitting on Lydia’s bunk bed, her friend, Prisca Atim, 10, says that she misses her. Lydia is a good friend, she said. She loves sharing stories, singing and playing with us.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

5. Lydia and the other children live in groups of eight in simple houses built around a communal garden.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

6. The houses have running water, electricity and an indoor lavatory and each is presided over by a house mother, in Lydia’s case Mamma Santa.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

7. At the church’s Living Hope project, on the edge of Gulu, hundreds of women gather each day for trauma counselling and to learn skills that will give them economic independence, such as basic literacy, tailoring and peanut butter making.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

8. Women work on projects at the Living Hope centre in Gulu, Northern Uganda.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

9. Women work producing peanut butter at the Living Hope centre in Gulu, Northern Uganda.

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

10. A Baby at the Bullrushes Baby Watoto Centre

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

11. Children in class at the Watoto School

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

12. Babies at the Baby Watoto Centre in Gulu, northern Uganda

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

13. Babies at the Bullrushes Baby Watoto Centre

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

14. The orphanages and care centres of the Watoto Care Ministries in Uganda

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen

15. A Baby at the Baby Watoto Centre in Gulu, northern Uganda

The Ugandan war orphan who hugged the Queen