The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018 are announced

The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018 are announced

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is today delighted to reveal the latest winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. This prestigious Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to transforming communities and lives.

The winners announced today are being recognised for work they are undertaking across a diverse range of issues, including supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, and promoting gender equality. They will receive their Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.

To mark today’s announcement, His Royal Highness Prince Harry sent a special video message to the winners, where he offered his congratulations and encouraged them to enjoy and embrace the opportunity provided by the Award.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said:

In this, the final year of The Queen’s Young Leaders programme, once again we have outstanding Award winners, leading the way in transforming people’s lives for the better in every part of the Commonwealth. We congratulate them all for their remarkable achievements. Over the coming year the programme will nurture and develop their talents, and equip them to go further in making a lasting change in their communities. I hope they find the experience to be truly life-changing and I’m delighted to welcome today’s winners to the now complete network of Queen’s Young Leaders.

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by the Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a residential programme in the UK, to help them build on the work they are leading in their communities. They join a now complete network of 240 Award winners. In tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of Service, this unique community of influential change-makers who represent all 52 Commonwealth countries will continue to connect and collaborate and change lives for years to come.

To see a full list of Award winners and highly commended runners up, and to read more about their work, please visit