A new charitable trust has been established in honour of The Queen. ‘The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’ aims to raise funds for the improvement of the lives of people living within the Commonwealth.
Originally announced in October 2011 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Australia, the trust was officially launched on 6 February 2012 to coincide with Accession Day.
Set up in recognition of Her Majesty’s remarkable 60-year reign, the Trust is now open to donations from Governments, organisations and individuals, and will be open to donations throughout the Jubilee year.
Former British Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Sir John Major, is Chairman of the Board of Trustee. In a message posted on The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust website he states:
“Her Majesty The Queen is Head of a Commonwealth of two billion people, in fifty-four nations over five Continents. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth last October, it was unanimously agreed to establish The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, to honour Her Majesty’s lifetime of duty, and create an enduring legacy to her sixty years of service.”
A message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, who is also on the Board of Trustees, states:
“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.”
All donations – large and small – will be gratefully received. To find out more about the Trust or to make a donation please visit www.jubileetribute.org
Image: Queen Elizabeth II (second left) stands with the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina (left), Australia, Julia Gillard (second right) and Trinidad & Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, during the opening of 2011 CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in western Australia in Perth. Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire