The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty, Patron for The Royal Commonwealth Society, held a Reception for winners of Queen Elizabeth’s Commonwealth Essay Competition at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
Founded in 1883, The Commonwealth Essay Competition, received nearly 10,000 entries from more than 500 schools in 44 Commonwealth nations this year.
The theme of the 2014 competition was the Commonwealth Year Theme: Team Commonwealth.
In 2015, the competition will become The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in honour of The Queen’s role as both head of the Commonwealth and Royal Commonwealth Society Patron.
Raniya Hosain, a 15-year-old from Lahore, Pakistan, whose descriptive essay about Pakistan’s contribution to the Commonwealth, won the senior category.
Max de Bourcier a 10-year-old from Jersey composed an entertaining piece on being a team player. His essay earned the junior prize. Both Raniya and Max were given gold pens.
“When I found out about my success I was numb with shock, and then the elation set in. It’s amazing to be here with my fellow winners from different parts of the Commonwealth,” Raniya commented.
“This year’s winners, drawn from the four corners of the globe, wrote on different topics, but are united in one thing – their determination to have their voices heard. That is what lies at the heart of the competition. Youth voice, a perspective vital to the future of the Commonwealth,” noted Mike Lake, director of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Guests at the event included Ghanaian author Margaret Busby.
It is well-known that Camilla is an ardent reader and has a keen interest in promoting the advantages of reading both to children and adults alike. Hosting numerous literacy events, The Duchess has sat and read to children as well as met with adult readers eager to improve their literacy skills.