Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, ruled the throne for 70 years, and after her passing, she left behind a legacy of empowerment. During her reign, multiple organizations have highlighted the contributions made by the Queen to the education sector, as well as the youth.
Queen Elizabeth II was a patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities since 1986, and because of her assistance and patronage, the association has been able to provide a forum for universities all over the world to share ideas, information, and ideas. Her dedication to providing for the youth and their education was also emphasized through the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, which offers outstanding opportunities to students from Commonwealth countries with low or middle-income backgrounds. These scholarships are aimed at students who wish to create change in their communities, build networks globally, and experience a new culture in a new country.
Universities Canada has also vowed to honor the memory of the Queen through the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, which was first established in 2012 and has been awarded to over 2,200 students from Canada and around the world.
Another program that helped transform the lives of the youth from every Commonwealth nation, was the Queen’s Young Leaders Program which aimed to discover, celebrate and also support the youth of today. About 240 people received Queen’s Young Leaders Awards from the Queen herself. This 4-year program mentored a group of promising individuals, which started by taking a year-long leadership course online, from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II continually encouraged and promoted the importance of higher education for not only the students, but also for communities and the economy. She did this through her three decades of patronage of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, where UK universities and colleges were celebrated for their innovations, excellence, and public benefits annually.
It is evident that Her Majesty has left behind a remarkable legacy, and it is crucial for future leaders and the community to continue her passion for education and learning.