The King to Present the Queen Elizabeth Prizes for Engineering

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Queen Elizabeth II during an audience with President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis at Windsor Castle, April 2022.
Queen Elizabeth II during an audience with President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis at Windsor Castle, April 2022.

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WILL PRESENT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH PRIZE FOR ENGINEERING AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE IN ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Thursday, 12th October 2023

His Majesty The King will present the 2022 and 2023 Queen Elizabeth Prizes for Engineering during a reception at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 12th October as the prize celebrates its tenth anniversary.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is presented to engineers responsible for groundbreaking innovations that are of global benefit to humanity. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, the QEPrize was first presented in 2013 by Queen Elizabeth II to the developers of the internet and the World Wide Web. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is now awarded annually, with the formal presentation event taking place every two years.

The King will arrive in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace and will meet the Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Lord Browne of Madingley, before the prize presentations take place in the Blue Drawing Room. His Majesty will present two Queen Elizabeth Prizes to the 2022 and 2023 winners. The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Prize will be awarded to Dr Masato Sagawa for the discovery, development and global commercialisation of the world’s most powerful permanent magnet (NdFeB), which forms a vital part of smartphones, cars, and robots. It has also been instrumental in the development of energy saving technologies such as wind turbines and electric vehicles.

The 2023 Queen Elizabeth Prize will be presented to four QEPrize laureates – Professor Martin Green, Professor Andrew Blakers, Dr Aihua Wang and Dr Jianhua Zhao – for the invention and development of Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) solar photovoltaic technology. The technology has helped to enable solar power to become a reliable source of electricity across the world.

Each winner will be presented with a unique trophy specially designed through the QEPrize’s global ‘Create the Trophy’ competition. Anja Brandl, an engineering student from Switzerland, designed the 2023 trophy, and web content producer Anshika Agarwal from India designed the 2022 trophy. The winning trophy designs have both been 3D-printed.

After the presentations, the King will join the reception to speak to the prize winners and their families, as well as the winning trophy designers, before departing.

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