About Magic Blog Our Founder's Investiture On the morning of Friday 19th February 2016, our Founder and CEO, Carmel McConnell, received her MBE from The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for services to Food for Schools. While Carmel was being awarded her MBE, The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra played a selection of tunes conducted by Captain David Hammond, Corps of Army Music. Carmel said: "It was a proud moment to be at Buckingham Palace to receive this MBE from HRH The Prince of Wales. I used the moment to ask for his personal support for Magic Breakfast. We could, with more support, now solve the problem of half a million children in this country missing out on their morning of study every day through hunger. In the same way I now appeal for help from anyone who believes each child should have the opportunity through education to achieve their potential."