2017 Queen’s Young Leaders head to Buckingham Palace to collect their awards

Queen's Young Leaders 2017
The Queen's Young Leaders Award winners 2017. Photo: Twitter/QueensLeaders

Yesterday, the three Kenyan winners of the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards have been welcomed to Buckingham Palace to collected their award.

28-year-old Domtila Chesang, 27-year-old Chebet Lesan and 21-year-old Towett Ng’etich were among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth Countries to receive their awards from the Queen.

Among the guests at the event were gold medal winner Mo Farah, former One Direction star Liam Payne, Anita Rani, Tanni Grey-Thompson and South African YouTube personality Casper Lee.

Mo Farah, Liam Payne and Casper Lee
Mo Farag, Liam Payne and Casper Lee at the Queen’s Young Leaders Award ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Twitter/QueensLeaders

The previous evening, the winners were joined by Prince Harry for dinner at the Australian High Commission in London. Speaking at the event, the Prince said: “It is my pleasure to congratulate the Queen’s Young Leaders for 2017. Thank you for inspiring us all.”

Queen's Young Leader 2017 with Prince Harry
Queen’s Young Leaders Award Winners meet Prince Harry at the Australian High Commission. Photo: Twitter/KensingtonRoyal

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee 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.

Winners receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London, to empower them to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better.

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