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The Diana Award honors young people who work to improve the lives of others. Named after Diana, Princess of Wales, the award was established in 1999 by a board chaired by Gordon Brown. The Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.

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Diana Award
Founded 1999
Type Registered Charity and Company limited by guarantee
Focus Young people
Area served
  • The Diana Award
  • The Legacy Award
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The award was launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in honour of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Current patrons of the Diana Award include former Prime Minister David Cameron, Dame Julia Samuel, former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell and Esther Rantzen CBE.

The organisation is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales' belief that young people have the power to change the world. The purpose of the Diana Award is to appreciate and celebrate the work which young people make to society – those who are young ambassadors, young leaders, young humanitarians, fundraisers, environmental campaigners, peer mentors, sports leaders and those who inspire others. The vision is to empower young people to change the world, promoting a culture that celebrates young people from all sections of society who have made a selfless contribution to society.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex regularly attend events of the Diana Award in honour of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who is the namesake of the award.

Award winners include Kanchan Amatya, Georgina Lara Booth, Asafa Powell, and Aishwarya Sridhar.

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