The Duke of Cambridge hosted the recipients of the 2019 Legacy Awards for the Diana Award at Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoon.
Photos were shared ahead of the award ceremony on the Kensington Palace social media accounts, and recipients shared stories of meeting with William afterwards.
One recipient, Olivia Hancock, said that she had chatted with William about gender parity in football and had appreciated his gesture with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their own little football game.
Hancock told the Daily Mail that “My message is for every girl to have the same opportunities as boys in football. If boys want to, they can dance; for girls they can play football.”
The Legacy Award “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 Princess Diana believed they could,” per the Diana Award website.
The Legacy Award is handed out every two years, and winners are only eligible if they have previously received a Diana Award within the two-year period. This year’s winners include young people from the UK, Canada, Tanzania, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria and India.
Winners are determined by an independent judging panel, which included Baroness Lawrence, Holly Branson, and Alex Cruz. The Diana Award is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
“This ceremony is about celebrating young people for their selfless contribution to society, their courage and bravery, and demonstrating to young people that we value them,” said Tessy Ojo, the Diana Award’s Chief Executive Officer in a statement on its official website.
“We believe that valuing young people means investing in them so we are delighted that our Legacy Award recipients will have access to our unique development programme ensuring they continue to be positive trailblazers for their generation.”
The inaugural winners were revealed in 2017, and Princes William and Harry attended the award ceremony. This year’s ceremony was attended by the Earl Spencer, Diana’s younger brother.