Princess Diana, is known across the world for her innate qualities of kindness, empathy and service to others. We believe that these qualities, which she demonstrated through public and private acts, are her Legacy. At The Diana Award, we are committed to continuing this legacy by instilling these qualities in young people. Through our work we are proud that thousands of young people, who only know her as a historic figure, are committed to continuing her legacy of kindness, empathy and service to others.
Princess Diana was truly unique and groundbreaking in her day. She had the ability to ’step into the shoes’ of others – she had true empathy. Her work with HIV and landmines publicly challenged our behaviour and perceptions but much of her work she quietly did behind the scenes- away from the glare of the camera. She was deeply compassionate. And that is why at significant anniversaries like this year, it is important we remind ourselves why she truly was an icon, but much more than that, how we all can play our part in making our world better by ‘walking in her shoes’.
I’d like to quote Princess Diana. To me this quote truly embodies the value she attributed to young people and why The Diana Award is the most fitting memory to her. ‘We have an obligation to care for our children, in ways which clearly demonstrate to our children that we value them. They in their turn will then learn how to value themselves. If we all play our part in making our children feel valued, the result will be tremendous.’
We are proud to have the enthusiastic support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry. On 18 May 2017 they presented the Inaugural Legacy Award to twenty outstanding young people from across the world at St James’s Palace in London. The Duke of Cambridge has personally met young people involved in The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Campaign and Prince Harry has met young people involved in The Diana Award’s Mentoring Campaign. It’s an honour for us to have them attend our events and we are so grateful for their support.”
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