The Queen's Young Leaders receive their Awards from Her Majesty The Queen
The Queen's Young Leaders prepare for their photo with the Queen

The Queen's Young Leaders receive their Awards from Her Majesty The Queen

29th June: Her Majesty The Queen presented young leaders from across the Commonwealth with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry joined the Queen in congratulating the Winners at the ceremony. 

The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards programme, now in its third and penultimate year, celebrates the achievements of some of the most exciting young change-makers from across the Commonwealth, who are all dedicated to transforming lives in their communities. From tackling bullying head-on in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality, these young people are taking the lead in driving change in their countries.

Guests including Sir Mo Farah, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Trevor McDonald and Liam Payne from One Direction attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Also there, was former Prime Minister Sir John Major, chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

The celebrations continued after the ceremony at Australia House in London, where the Award Winners and Prince Harry came together to help launch the search for the final Queen’s Young Leaders 2018.

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by the Trust in order to help talented young leaders to realise their potential and achieve even greater success in the future that will benefit people’s lives across the Commonwealth for generations to come. As part of the Awards programme, Queen’s Young Leaders gain unique access to training, mentoring and networking designed to improve their leadership skills.

Before receiving their Award from The Queen, this year’s Award Winners attended a reception at 10 Downing Street, visited the UK headquarters of Facebook, and met with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They also met the Commonwealth Secretary-General, took part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, had meetings with UK business leaders, and visited projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

The search for the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders is now on and applications are open. If you, or someone you know is doing exceptional work in the community, apply or nominate them at