December 1, 2021

The Diana Award Legacy Award 2021

HRH The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke Of Sussex meet outstanding young people to be honoured with Legacy Award in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales

HRH The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex met with The Diana Award ‘Legacy Award’ recipients.

The Award Programme
  • Recipients from the UK met with HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, and The Duke of Sussex met with recipients from across the world at a special live video meeting.
  • The meetings come in advance of a glittering award ceremony to be hosted by Lord Spencer at Althorp House on the evening of 9 December 2021 where the twenty young people from the UK and across the world will receive their award.
  • Taking place every two years, The Legacy Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. HRH The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex presented the inaugural legacy awards at St. James’ Palace in 2017.

All the Legacy Award recipients – who come from across the UK, Taiwan, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia and the USA – have had a monumental impact on society. Many of them only know Princess Diana as a historical figure but they carry the honour of the award with pride and admiration for whose memory it was set up in. This year marks what would have been the 60th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In addition to meeting HRH The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex and being presented the award by Princess Diana’s brother Lord Spencer, the Legacy Award recipients will have access to a unique two-year development programme. The programme aims to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

“The pandemic continues to disrupt lives and exacerbate social inequalities. But out of the darkness of Covid, young people are standing up to shape change in their communities across the world. Their compassion, determination and agency to make positive change today and in the years ahead is immense. They couldn’t be a more fitting tribute and lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world.”

Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive of The Diana Award

The 20 Legacy Award recipients have been chosen by a prestigious independent judging panel, chaired by Lord Spencer, who had the difficult task of selecting just 20 from a pool of exceptional individuals, already recognised for their impact on society with The Diana Award in 2020 or 2021.

Companies who have helped to support the Legacy Award and development programme include title sponsor Gilead Sciences who have supported The Legacy Award since its inception.

“These young people represent the next generation of change-makers and innovators across the globe and it is their stories we should listen and learn from. This is why Gilead Sciences is supporting The Diana Award which seeks to recognise those young people who are already making strides for social and humanitarian change. We are immensely proud to be continuing to support this programme by mentoring these young winners and see them flourish.”

Alex Kalomparis, SVP, Public Affairs, Gilead Sciences

Browse through the case studies of our 2021 Legacy Award recipients and be inspired by their stories.


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