The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Henry launch search for Queen’s Young Leaders

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales are launching the search for exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth to receive an award from Her Majesty The Queen for their achievements in transforming their own lives and the lives of others.

On behalf of The Queen, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will host a unique reception at Buckingham Palace where they will start the search from a state of the art social media hub, backed by Google and Twitter – the first ever to be installed at The Palace.

The search for 240 award winners aged 18 – 29 from all 53 countries of the Commonwealth who are to be celebrated, rewarded and supported for their achievements, is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme. A unique new initiative which recognises that young people have the ability to make a huge impact on their communities, the Programme aims to create new and exciting opportunities for young people, enabling them to reach their full potential, step up as leaders and go on to improve the lives of many others in the Commonwealth.

The life changing Programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust) and run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership, Sir John Major, Chairman of the Trust said: 

We wish to identify and nurture the talent of the younger generation across the Commonwealth.  We’re inspired by the belief that one talented individual can be a positive force for good within their communities.  This programme will celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary individuals and help develop their skills, thus creating a lasting legacy – benefiting the whole of the Commonwealth – to honour the long and successful reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

From Google Hangouts to Twitter mirrors The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will use social media to help spread the message that #TheSearchIsOn, calling on young people from across the Commonwealth to apply, or be nominated for the opportunity to become a Queen’s Young Leader. In recognition of their achievements the winners will receive an award from The Queen and a year of mentoring and training so that they are able to further develop their skills and ideas and go on to inspire other young people to help shape the future of their societies.

The Princes will be joined by social media entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who will be hosting the social media hub, well-known personalities and young people who are already leading the way in changing their lives and that of others.

Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old who is campaigning against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK and across the world is attending the launch and supporting the Programme.

Fahma Mohamed said:

Young people are the parents, the leaders and the adults of the future. We have energy, creativity and new ideas and we are the ones who can ultimately change our society and make our world a better place to live. This is why I am proud to support The Queen’s Young Leader’s Programme as it is recognising how much young people do and can achieve and supporting us to do even more, even better.

Over the next five years, at a time when the Commonwealth is home to the largest generation of young people ever in its history – over 1.3 billion of a total 2.2 billion citizens, The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

**An Awards scheme, launched today, to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders

**Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

Young people from all across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader from today (Wednesday 9 July 2014). Visit www.queensyoungleaders.com for more information. #TheSearchIsOn.