The Queen on Thursday presented awards to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders from Malawi – Asante Mzungu and Madalo Banda – in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.
Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, former football star David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry a comic and actor were also in attendance.
The award recognises the exceptional leadership of young people from across the Commonwealth’s member states.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry described the children as “an inspiration to so many”.
He said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.
“You have already been an inspiration to so many; but I hope this award will inspire you to go out and achieve even greater things in the future, empowered by the network of leaders you now sit amongst.”
Beckham said: “I am thrilled to be here once again to help Her Majesty The Queen in congratulating a new group of inspiring young leaders. I know those who won last year are continuing to build on the opportunities the award has provided them.
“I look forward to following the progress of the class of 2016 and have no doubt we will be seeing a lot this year’s exceptional group of young people as they continue to make lasting change in their communities.”
The Queen’s Young Leaders, including winners from Malawi, have all been taking part in a series of high-level engagements across London and in Cambridge over the course of the past week.
This has included participating in a challenge set by global social networking company Twitter, meeting Senior Executives at BBC World News and visiting 10 Downing Street.
As part of the programme they also received leadership training at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, met UK business leaders from Standard Chartered, AMV BBDO and PWC and heard from leaders from UK charities working to deliver life-changing projects.
Over a four year period to 2018 the awards project will honour 60 inspirational individuals, aged 18 to 29, from across the globe who will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
Award winners will receive a tailored package of training, mentoring and networking, and be provided with a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will receive their award.
The programme has been established by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of the monarch’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
The search for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award Winners opens at 8 pm BST on Friday 24 June 2017. If you or someone you know is doing exceptional work in their community apply or nominate them at www.queensyoungleaders.comFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :