The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation with a mission to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.
In this timeline, explore the history of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee trust and its achievements.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government announce their intention to create a charitable initiative to mark The Queens Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is established…
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is established as a charitable foundation, to mark and celebrate Her Majesty The Queens sixty-year contribution to the Commonwealth.
The Trust announces it will leave a lasting legacy to Her Majesty The Queen by launching five-year programmes to work in partnership to end avoidable blindness and to empower young leaders.
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex launch the search for the first ever Queens Young Leaders. Hundreds of applications flooded in from incredible young people all dedicated to making lasting change in their community and beyond
Congratulating the first ever Queens Young Leaders
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry congratulate the first ever Queens Young Leaders.
The Queens Young Leaders of 2015 receive their Awards from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Queens Young Leaders Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives
The first ever Queens Young Leaders receive their Awards at Buckingham Palace
Her Majesty The Queen presents Awards to the Commonwealths first ever Queens Young Leaders in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, recognising exceptional young people who are making lasting change in their communities and across the Commonwealth.
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex becomes Vice-Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on the occasion of her 50th birthday. She undertakes her first engagement with the Trust to see the work of the newly created Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The Queens Young Leaders Programme announces grants
The Queens Young Leaders Programme announces grants to 17 organisations across 5 Commonwealth countries, to enable them to deliver life-changing work for young people. Each one of the supported projects in Bangladesh, Jamaica, Solomon Islands, the UK and Zambia aims to improve the lives of young people in their country, by providing opportunities to learn new skills, enter employment and giving them a voice in their communities.
Time to See shows the impact of avoidable blindness
Five multi-award winning photojournalists, Ashley Gilbertson, Poulomi Basu, Sam Faulkner, Andrew Quilty and Adam Ferguson, visited seven countries across the Commonwealth Australia, Fiji, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda to document the impact completely avoidable forms of blindness are having on people and communities. The Time to See exhibition supports work that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Standard Chartered are doing to prevent avoidable blindness.
60 young people from across the Commonwealth are recognised as exceptional leaders in their community as part of the 2016 Queens Young Leaders Programme.
In The Queens 90th Birthday year, Her Majesty presents Queen Young Leaders Awards to 64 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace.
The Queens Young Leaders Award winners of 2017 announced
The Queens Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming peoples lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced as winners become part of the growing Queens Young Leaders community, a unique network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and supported by the Trust and its partners to become an even greater force for good.
The Countess of Wessex visits Malawi to see the work being done by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust to eliminate blinding trachoma, champion youth leadership and celebrate Commonwealth Week.
Peek Vision launches Peek Retina, a smartphone camera adapter for retinal imaging which takes pictures inside the eye. Peek is being supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust through the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, which was set up to deliver a programme of fellowships, research and technology aimed at strengthening eye care throughout the Commonwealth.
The Queens Young Leaders of 2017 receive their Awards from The Queen
Her Majesty The Queen presents young leaders from across the Commonwealth with Queens Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry joined the Queen in congratulating the Winners at the ceremony.
Botswana set to become first country in the world to provide eye health screening to an entire generation of school children
In partnership with Peek Vision, the Government of Botswana celebrated its commitment to provide eye health screening to every school child in the country by 2020 the first country in the world to do so – at an event hosted by the British High Commission in Gaborone.
The Countess of Wessex undertakes a visit to Barisal in Bangladesh to see Trust-supported programmes to ensure people with diabetes do not go blind
Landmark moment as Commonwealth Governments commit to bringing vision to everyone, everywhere
Blindness and poor eyesight are a growing problem which affects millions of people across every Commonwealth country. At the Heads of Government meeting in the United Kingdom (CHOGM), Commonwealth leaders therefore agreed for the first time to take action to ensure all citizens have access to quality eye care. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and the City of London Corporation held a special event to mark efforts undertaken by Commonwealth nations to bring vision to everyone, everywhere.
The final cohort of Queens Young Leaders receive their awards.
The Queens Young Leaders of 2018 receive their Awards from The Queen, completing a network of Queens Young Leaders who form a unique community of 240 influential change-makers, representing 53 Commonwealth countries.
The Countess of Wessex joins the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium. The Consortium brings over 170 eye health experts from 27 Commonwealth countries who are aiming to expand and develop eye health services across the Commonwealth.
The Countess of Wessex visits India to see the work of the Trust
The Countess of Wessex undertook five days of engagements in India as part of her final overseas tour in her role as Vice-Patron of the Trust. The Countess saw how the Trust is working across the country to prevent babies born prematurely from losing their sight to retinopathy of prematurity the worlds leading cause of childhood blindness. The Countess also visited projects set up by two Queens Young Leaders to transform womens health in India.
Queens Young Leaders gather in London to celebrate the achievements of the programme
To mark the completion of the Queens Young Leaders Programme, Award winners and grantee beneficiaries gathered at Guildhall in London to share their experiences of the programme at a special event hosted by the City of London Corporation to demonstrate how young people have the ideas, energy and talent to make a positive difference in their communities. As part of the event, which marked the completion of the Queens Young Leaders Programme, BBC broadcaster and presenter Tina Daheley hosted a panel discussion to explore the challenges young people face and how their solutions are shaping a better future. Joining Tina on the panel was award-winning social entrepreneur Natalie Campbell, 2018 Queens Young Leader Award winner Elizabeth Kasujja and grantee beneficiary Nisani Gnanasoorian. Following the panel discussion, guests were invited to look around an exhibition of short films from grantees and beneficiaries who had benefitted from the Queens Young Leaders Grants Programme. Using a participatory approach, beneficiaries of the programme created their own videos to document their stories of change and how their lives had been transformed as a result of the Queens Young Leaders initiative.
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My commitment to them is that I shall also raise my own voice and continue to seek ways of ending the stigma they live with, push for opportunities for justice and encourage people in positions of influence to engage in offering better support.
Gender equality is a fundamental right but it is not yet the reality for many
A speech by The Countess of Wessex at the Commonwealth Womens Affairs Ministers Meeting, in Nairobi, Kenya
The Countess of Wessexs Charities & Patronages
It has been a privilege to experience the famous Lebanese hospitality and culture for the first time, and I am very pleased to join you tonight to celebrate the strong and growing partnership between our two nations.
We must ensure that the silence that hides pain and suffering is turned into voices of hope and a reason to continue to act.
A speech by The Countess of Wessex at a reception for Women Peacebuilders, Buckingham Palace
The Countess of Wessex attends The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium
The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Her Royal Highnesss daily account of her 445 mile cycle from Edinburgh to London