In October 2011, at the meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Perth, it was announced that a new charitable Trust – The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust – would be launched under the chairmanship of Sir John Major.
A statement from the Rt Hon Sir John Major, KG, CH published on the official website of the British Monarchy:
“I am delighted and honoured to accept Chairmanship of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
The Queen has dedicated her life to public service, a remarkable 60 years of which have been on the throne. Through its activities, the Trust will create an enduring tribute to one of our longest-serving Monarchs, who is held in enormous affection by many millions of people around the Commonwealth and the wider world.
The Trust will place great emphasis on enriching the lives of individuals, by focussing on areas such as the tackling of curable disease and the promotion of all forms of education and culture.
It is our hope that people of all ages, and from all corners of the United Kingdom and the wider world, might become involved – and feel part of – the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. But the Trust will provide a lasting legacy, in the name of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and I look forward to announcing the Trustees, and to providing full details of the Trust’s aims, objectives and operational plans, in due course.”
John Major, London, October 2011
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 on Friday 28 October 2011. The meeting brings together heads of government from across the 54-country group - John Stillwell / PA Wire