South African entrepreneur Wendy Luhabe touched down at Heathrow Airport on 10 July ready for her investiture at Buckingham Palace on 11 July. Luhabe, who made her business name championing female financial power, will be made an Honorary Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.
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She is receiving the award for the 10 years she spent working for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to promote leadership and excellence.
Piloting the South African Airways plane that carried Luhabe was Captain Jane Trembath, one of the few female pilots to fly for the national carrier. Trembath has been flying for more than 30 years and qualified to pilot the Boeing 747-400 in 1993.
As the plane readied for take-off at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, Trembath called on passengers and crew to welcome Luhabe on board. There was a unexpected round of applause.