Published On: Fri, Oct 18th, 2019

Queen says goodbye to special cause in handover to Meghan and Harry | Royal | News

The Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Trust, a body created in 1977 to fund in her name voluntary sector organisations working with young people. The Trust was founded on the same year of the Silver Jubilee, funded by money raised through the Queen’s Silver Jubilee appeal. 

The reception was held at Buckingham Palace yesterday morning to celebrate the outstanding work of the charity’s staff and trustees.

It was attended by several high-profile guests, including Sir Trevor McDonald, a trustee knighted by the Queen in 1999 for his services in journalism.

Wearing a light-blue floral dress, the Queen shook hands with the broadcasting legend. 

The monarch, who has been president of the organisation for decades, officially closed the Trust in March and replaced it by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

And she passed on her role to Meghan and Harry, who became respectively vice-president and president of the body.

On Twitter, the Queen’s Trust wrote: “The Queen’s Trust is now closed.

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“We have really enjoyed working with some of the best youth charities in the country and sharing stories of their work.

“Good luck to everyone in future – please keep doing what you are doing.”

Some of the projects supported by the organisation included CAMFED, an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation working to eradicate poverty in several countries thorough education of girls and young women.


The Trust also encouraged young people to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Its work started wounding down earlier this year to pass on some duties to the newly-created Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which aims to “champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to change the world.

Its website read: “We share their stories, give them a platform to amplify their ideas, and inspire others to join in.”

Projects supported by Harry and Meghan’s trust include programmes related to education, women’s health, environment, and sport. 

The Trust’s website also said it has programmes for young people to represent “a growing network of young leaders, supporters and advisors across the Commonwealth who are united in their desire to bring about positive change.”

It continued: “The Queen has always believed in young people’s ability to positively transform lives across communities and much further beyond.”

Meghan in particular is believed to be focusing her attention as vice-president on helping women and girls.

A statement released after her new role was announced said: “In this new role, the Duchess will highlight the Trust’s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls”. 

This appointment made it clear that Meghan and Harry are set to play a role of growing importance in the Commonwealth, according to royal expert Victoria Murphy.

She told Town & Country magazine: “I think [Meghan’s new patronage] also reflects the fact that she and Harry are going to have very prominent roles within the Commonwealth moving forward.

“The Commonwealth is an institution that is very important to the royal family, and this patronage signifies to me that we can expect Meghan along with Harry to play a big role in that.”      

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