Launched in 2014, The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
When The Queen became Head of the Commonwealth in 1952, she was only 26 years of age. In celebration of Her Majesty's long commitment to and leadership of the Commonwealth, The Queen's Young Leaders programme supports and recognises young people, aged 18-29, who are leading the way transforming their own lives and lives of those around them across the Commonwealth, despite the challenges they may have faced.
The Commonwealth can only flourish if its ideas and ideals continue to be young and fresh and relevant to all generations
In 2014 The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the search for the first Queen's Young Leaders.
As well as a one-week residential programme in the UK, the first Queen's Young Leaders in 2015 received training through the University of Cambridge, and a mentoring and networking package to further support the incredible work they already do across the Commonwealth.
The Queen's Young Leaders Programme was established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society - visit the QYL website here.