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Queen Elizabeth receives Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award

The Queen has received the prestigious Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award.

In a ceremony at the US Library of Congress last Thursday, The Queen was honoured for her lifelong commitment to the people of the Commonwealth and her leadership throughout the nearly seven decades of her reign.

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award, named after the late US Supreme Court Justice, is presented annually by The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation to a woman who has dedicated her life to public service and creating change in society.

US President Joe Biden, who officially met The Queen this summer, wrote in a letter that “This award is a testament to your lifetime of leadership and unflinching devotion to serving the people of the Commonwealth.

“Your strength and integrity through an era of unprecedented global challenges have set an example for the world that will continue to inspire leaders for generations to come.”

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice John Roberts, said in a statement provided by the Dwight D. Opperman Foundation, “Your Majesty’s reign has exemplified devotion to service and to the rule of law.  It has inspired a great many others around the world to give of themselves for the broader good.”

He continued: “Your Majesty and my late colleague Justice Ginsburg personified those virtues in different arenas, to be sure, but with the same extraordinary level of commitment and, indeed, courage.”

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said that The Queen “has been a leader who has embodied the highest virtues of service, dignity and grace.” She added, “Your lifelong commitment to civic duty has earned the reverence of your people—and indeed the world—while inspiring countless young women and girls.”

The Queen’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce, DCMG, accepted the award on Her Majesty’s behalf at a ceremony at the Library of Congress.

Upon accepting the award, Dame Pierce said: “It is a great honour and privilege to accept this award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. The award commemorates the lasting legacy and inspiring commitment of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Her Majesty The Queen’s unwavering dedication and public service is an inspiration felt around the world.”

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.