A Lasting Tribute for a Lifetime of Giving
Celebrating sixty years. From and for all generations of the
LONDON, Feb. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Today marks the formal launch of The Queen
Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, on the 60th anniversary of the accession of the Queen to the throne.
The establishment of the Trust was originally announced at the
Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth, Australia in 2011.
The Trust aims to celebrate HM The Queen's enormous contribution and
unswerving dedication to the Commonwealth over the course of her 60
Sir John Major, Chairman of the Trustee Board said, "I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to Chair the Diamond
Jubilee Trust.The purpose of the Trust is to raise funds throughout the
Commonwealth, and then work with strategic partners to identify
charitable projects that will enrich the lives and opportunities of all
- across generations and geographical boundaries
- in order to provide a lasting legacy for HM The Queen.
It is our hope that individuals, organisations and countries will all
wish to contribute to the Trust, as a tangible and enduring way of
honouring HM The Queen, and to demonstrate the enormous respect and
affection in which she is held, not only within the Commonwealth
family, but also the wider world."
The Trust aims to reflect the qualities that citizens respect and value
in Her Majesty. It will identify investments in legacy projects which
will have a transforming impact on the life of Commonwealth citizens.
The Trust will aim in particular to invest in some projects which
encourage generations to work together for the benefit of communities,
and activities that bring Commonwealth citizens together across
The Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, also on the board of Trustees, said, "Throughout sixty years of dedicated service and leadership as Head of
the Commonwealth, The Queen has shown personal and unwavering
commitment to all that the Commonwealth represents and holds dear -
especially our shared values of democracy, development and diversity.
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is an opportunity for
Commonwealth citizens everywhere both to contribute and to be
associated with initiatives that will ensure Her Majesty's commitment
and service are celebrated in ways that are to the enduring benefit of
our global Commonwealth family."
Details of some of the initial planned investments and partnerships will
be announced in due course.
During the Jubilee year, individuals, groups, organisations and
companies inside or outside the Commonwealth are invited to contribute
to the Trust, as a lasting tribute to HM The Queen.
More details about the Trust, including a way to contribute, can be
found at the Trust's website: http://www.jubileetribute.org
Notes to Editors:
The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth which has 54 states and 2 billion
people. She is The Queen of 16 of these Commonwealth countries, known
as Commonwealth Realms.
The Trust will be run and administered to ensure that every donation is
used to the maximum benefit of commonwealth citizens and delivers
results that make a real difference to people's lives. It will not
establish a major new institution. It will work with established
partner charities and organisations across the Commonwealth, both in
the UK and elsewhere, to deliver iconic projects that are a fitting
tribute to The Queen.
As announced at CHOGM this may include tackling curable diseases,
promoting all forms of education and culture and other Commonwealth
The trustees are: The Rt Hon Sir John Major (Chairman), The Commonwealth
Secretary General, The Rt Hon Lord Robertson, Professor Sir Mervyn
King, The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt & the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard
Chartres, Bishop of London.
Projects will be chosen by the Trustees, who will consult widely before
SOURCE The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
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