A Lasting Legacy

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was a charitable foundation established in 2012 with a mission to enrich the lives of people of all backgrounds across every Commonwealth country in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of Service to its citizens.

The Trust closed in January 2020 having successfully completed its time-limited programmes which achieved a significant, sustainable reduction in avoidable blindness and created and developed a cadre of remarkable young leaders – the Queen’s Young Leaders.

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Five-year programmes and fifty-three countries

Inspired by The Queen’s commitment to the people she served, working to a five-year timeframe, the Trust sought to eliminate avoidable blindness and to empower a new generation of young leaders across the Commonwealth.

Ending avoidable blindness

The Trust joined the global movement to end avoidable blindness by working to combat three major causes of sight loss; blinding trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity, and to strengthen the eye health sector as a whole.

Empowering young leaders

The Trust created the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme to discover, support and celebrate exceptional young people across the Commonwealth who had taken the lead in their communities and used their skills to transform people’s lives.

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Thank you

The work of the Trust, through its affiliation with The Queen, the support offered by Commonwealth Governments and the tireless work of partners, succeeded in effecting change across the globe. To achieve this in just five years was a result of the sheer dedication, commitment and heroism of all those with whom the Trust had been privileged to work – and to whom its Trustees and staff express their heartfelt thanks.

Read some of the unique stories of those whose lives changed as a result of the Trust’s programmes. →