The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, hosted a ceremony and reception to present Awards to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders at Buckingham Palace on June 26th. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme celebrates the achievements of inspiring young people from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities. The Queen was 26 years old when she became Head of the Commonwealth in 1952. This five year programme was launched in 2014 in honour of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth – a global network of 52 countries and 2.2 billion people, of whom 60 % are under 30 years old. In April, the Duke of Sussex was appointed a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen.
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The Queen, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, greeted the guests in the White Drawing Room, following which, she presented medals to the Queen’s Young Leaders in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, the Queen hosted a reception for the guests and Young Leaders in the gallery. The Duchess of Gloucester was also present.