The Duke of Sussex to Attend Garden Party to Celebrate 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth

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The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative
The Duke of Sussex high fives with Asher Charles-Bowen as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, together with the Woodland Trust at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, Acton.

The Duke of Sussex will attend a Garden Party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth

Friday, 14th June 2019

The Duke of Sussex, Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, will attend a Garden Party at Marlborough House to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth on Friday, 14th June.

The Commonwealth represents a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population, of whom 60 percent are under 30 years old. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development which is both inclusive and sustainable.

On arrival, The Duke will meet winners of the inaugural Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards across five categories: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.

The Awards have been introduced in the Commonwealth’s 70th anniversary year to help inspire the next generation of pioneers across the Commonwealth. They celebrate the most outstanding young people from any of the 53 Commonwealth countries who are developing solutions to overcome international challenges in areas including human rights, women’s empowerment and climate change.

The winners include Leilua Lino from Samoa, a victim of sexual violence, who has created a Peace Garden designed to support others who have experienced similar trauma, and Elizabeth Kperrun from Nigeria, who has created mobile learning apps with the aim of improving education for African children and young adults.

Following the Award presentations, The Duke will meet guests including representatives from a cross-section of Commonwealth organisations, and groups of young people who are making significant contributions to the future of the Commonwealth.

His Royal Highness was made a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by Her Majesty The Queen in 2018. In this role, The Duke will work to create links between young people and youth leaders of the Commonwealth and to encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation.

His Royal Highness’ work to highlight youth-led initiatives throughout the Commonwealth also extends through his role as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), an organisation of which Her Majesty is Patron and The Duchess of Sussex is Vice President. The QCT exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world.

In recent years, The Duke has also been involved in supporting two major projects launched in recognition of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth – Queen’s Young Leaders and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

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