Queen Elizabeth II appoints her grandson as the new youth ambassador for the Commonwealth of Nations
This week the Heads of the governments of the Commonwealth of Nations meet in London.
The Commonwealth of Nations includes 53 nations and its members are mainly former British colonies. Mozambique and Rwanda are the only countries in the Commonwealth without any former ties to Britain. Mozambique was a Portuguese colony until 1995 while Rwanda was Belgian territory until World War I.
At the opening ceremony on Monday, the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, appointed her grandson Prince Harry as the new ambassador for young people. His new role will see him encouraging young people to use the network of the countries of the Commonwealth.
“I know that serving as ambassador to young people I’m going have to try to keep up with you all ... my job will be to listen to you, my duty will be to ensure that your ideas, concerns, thoughts and hopes are heard.” (Prince Harry at the opening ceremony)
Prince Harry, who is 33 years old, is the fifth-in-line to the throne. On 19 May, he will marry his fiancée American actress Meghan Markle. His future wife will be joining him in his work.
The Commonwealth nations are home to more than 2.4 billion people. More than 60% of the population are below 30 years of age. The vast majority of the population (94%) lives in Africa and Asia.
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