For outstanding young people selflessly creating and sustaining positive social change in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Established in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. This is the longest running award for young people through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special. Young people do not work towards the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward.
Browse through the archives of our Diana Award recipients and be inspired by their stories.ROLL OF HONOUR
In 2017 we launched The Legacy Award to celebrate Diana’s legacy in the 20th Anniversary year and inspire a new generation of young people to service their communities.
Taking place every two years, this unique accolade celebrates the achievements of 20 outstanding young leaders, visionaries and role models from across the world, who have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to service their communities, as the late Princess Diana believed they could.
To be eligible for The Legacy Award 2023, you must first receive a Diana Award between 2022-2023. As well as receiving The Legacy Award at a prestigious ceremony in London, UK, recipients also have access to a unique Legacy Award Development Programme.
Be inspired by our past and current Diana Award recipients across the globe who are campaigning, volunteering and fundraising their way to a better world in #DianasLegacy.
Young people can be nominated by an adult who works with them in a professional capacity, such as a teacher or youth worker. Full details on how to nominate can be found in the nomination centre.
Nominators are asked to submit evidence against five key criteria, designed to demonstrate the nominee’s impact on society as well as their own service journey. These criteria are vision, social impact, youth-led, service journey and inspiring others.
All successful nominees will be celebrated via a virtual awards ceremony. Diana Award recipients will also receive a certificate via post.
Diana Award recipients based in the UK are also presented with an invitation to Althorp House, Princess Diana’s childhood home. These invitations are gifted to Diana Award recipients in kind by Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, in recognition of their continuation of Diana’s legacy.
On receiving their Award, young people are given access to a unique development programme which aims to further increase their already proven capacity for innovation, leadership and social change, through access to resources, opportunities and training, both face to face and online.
If you are a Diana Award recipient who would like to reconnect with the Award & Development Programme Team and see how you can get back involved, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!
This year’s Diana Award Roll of Honour can be found here.
The Legacy Award Development Programme is a unique programme offering tailored support to the Legacy Award recipients. This includes special opportunities to attend events with potential partners to aid them in their social action work and develop new skills. They will also receive support and guidance from the Diana Award Team to help them further develop their social action project.
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Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome aged 9, Alex faced many challenges both physically and mentally. He was dismissed as a ‘naughty child' by teachers
From losing her father and leaving her home country of Zimbabwe, to feeling unsupported in her studies while juggling her part-time job at McDonald’s,