Prince Harry was joined by wife Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to celebrate a group of young leaders from across the world.
Her Majesty, 92, hosted an evening reception at the final Queen’s Young Leaders event honouring the change-makers from across the Commonwealth of 53 nations.
Addressing the crowd, aged 18-29, Harry said, “I guess you can say you’re stuck with me. I, together with my wife Meghan, look forward to convening young people from around the Commonwealth to hear your ideas, work with you to build platforms for you to collaborate and form partnerships, and continue to meet with many of you as we travel around in our work on behalf of the royal family. We look forward to meeting many of you this evening — but we also hope to see you in action in your home countries someday too.”
“As many of you know, this is the last year of The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, but the legacy of the programme will no doubt carry on for generations to come,” he continued. “In this rapidly changing world, it is heartening to meet so many inspiring young people gathered here today, who have already stepped up as leaders and improved the lives of so many people across the Commonwealth. You are the hope and optimism the world needs and we will all do everything that we can to support you in it.”
The Duke of Sussex, 33, was named the organization’s Youth Ambassador only weeks before he married the Duchess, 36, on May 19.
Read Harry’s full speech here.