Flashback: Liam Payne attends the Queen’s 2017 Young Leaders Reception
June 29, 2017: Liam Payne was an invited guest to attend the Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 reception held at the Buckingham Palace in London this past week. Liam was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson, Prince Harry, after the Young Leaders Award ceremony, in which inspirational young people from the Commonwealth are celebrated.
Liam has met the Queen on several occasions, (with his bandmates of One Direction) in years past. Liam’s invitation to help celebrate the achievements of young leaders is not surprising, as Liam himself has had several occasions in which he has been celebrated as a young leader. Liam was awarded with the Sons&Daughters Award in 2013 by his own community of Wolverhampton and has been a recipient of several more through the years, as a member of One Direction. (More about Liam’s award from our article here).
Other celebrities attending the Queen’s Young Leaders ceremony and reception with Liam as special guests included Olympian Sir Mo Farah, Paralympic athlete Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, and YouTuber Caspar Lee. Distinguished and honored guests at the event also included the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew the Duke of York and former Prime Minister, Sir John Major.
Liam spoke with British media covering the event: “It was an honour to be invited. Obviously the Queen’s Young Leaders – there are some inspirational young people in there doing some great things. Not only do we get to meet the Queen and say hi, these people have done some of the best things in their communities at such a young age, you know setting an example. It’s great.”
At the ceremony Prince Harry, who is now 32, jokingly admitted in his speech to the 60 winners, all aged 18-29, that he no longer falls in the category of “young”. On a more serious note, he went on to address the importance of recognizing the contributions being made each year by young individuals from all corners of the world, who are taking on the role as leaders. The award winners representing 2017 are all note-worthy contributors towards positive change in a range of issues which face the citizens of the world today.
These issues include everything from preserving the environment through organic farming or bringing cancer awareness for women of Botswana, to addressing cyberbullying and bullying in schools and improving social-economic opportunities for youth with training and education. Pictured below with Queen Elizabeth II are Prince Harry and Prince Andrew and the recipients of the Queen’s Leaders 2017.
Prince Harry said, “These young people are already tackling many of today’s most pressing issues and will be the creative minds to take on the biggest challenges we will face in the future. It’s our job – those of us who can no longer hand-on-heart call ourselves “young” – to create a platform where we can listen to the next generation and empower them to act.”
He continued, “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what these incredible young people have achieved – not for themselves, but for others – for their peers, for their communities, for their environment, and for those less fortunate.” (Pictures credited to Getty/photos and quotes obtained through PA, video shared from YouTube and credited to owner).