The Queen has given Prince Harry a brand new role as part of the Commonwealth. 

The prince has been named the president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust — a new charity that will bring together young people across the Commonwealth.

It’s a platform for young people who are driving positive change across all 53 nations of the Commonwealth, in everything from education to the environment. 

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“The Queen has always believed in young people’s ability to positively transform lives across communities and much further beyond,” said Buckingham Palace in a statement announcing the news of the charity on Thursday. 

“On her 21st birthday, the Queen dedicated her life to the service of others, inviting young people to join her and help make progress for all,” it added. 

“Our president, Prince Harry, recognises the potential the Commonwealth family has — with this generation’s vision, passion, effort, and connectivity — to make a lasting beneficial impact with their ideas for hopeful social change.” 

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The Queen, who has been head of the Commonwealth since her coronation in 1953, will be patron of the charity. 

And Prince Harry’s first speaking role as president will be at a concert in honour of the Queen’s 92nd birthday on April 21, at the Royal Albert Hall, which is to be broadcast live. 

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle will be attending two key events at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is coming to London next week. 

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She’ll be joining her fiancé at the Commonwealth Youth Forum on Wednesday, and the Women’s Empowerment reception on Thursday, which is being hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. 

The Commonwealth Summit will bring together the leaders of all 53 Commonwealth nations, to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. 

And Global Citizen is so ready. To mark the arrival of Commonwealth leaders in London, we’re bringing our fight against extreme poverty to O2 Academy Brixton — hosting a night of entertainment-fuelled activism. Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy, Gabrielle Aplin, and more will be gracing our stage, alongside world leaders, activists, and campaigners, all uniting to end extreme poverty by 2030. 

Fear not if you don’t have a ticket — we’ll be livestreaming the whole show, so you can watch along from the comfort of your sofa. Find out everything you need to know here.


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