The queen's role as head of state means that she needs to keep abreast of what is happening in Parliament and the governments of all the other Commonwealth countries, as well as current events from around the world. This means a lot of paperwork for her to digest every day. This is delivered to her in her famous "red boxes" and she goes through them every single day without fail. She makes state visits overseas and hosts world leaders in the UK — both of which forge and maintain global relationships to help with diplomacy and trade. Another big part of her role is to award excellence and hard work, whether with the touch of a sword on a shoulder and the bestowing of a medal or an invite to one of her garden parties.