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Queen’s life of service to inspire young writers in Commonwealth essay competition

The Queen’s ‘inspirational’ 70 years of service are the focus of this year’s Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Former Spice Girl Geri Horner, children’s author David Walliams and the Duchess of Cornwall recorded a video message to kick off the writing challenge.

Horner, Ambassador of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), said: “The Queen’s seven decades of service are an inspiring example of the contribution we can all make to our communities.”

Walliams added that the theme was “‘Our Commonwealth’, focused on service following the Queen’s example”.

RCS Deputy Patron Camilla said she was delighted to unveil the 2022 competition, adding: “Your powerful stories, essays, poetry and letters from across the Commonwealth never fail to bring us together as a community.”

Last year’s junior winner, Ethan-Charles Mufuma, from Uganda, invited young people to “write about the value of serving our communities”, wherever they are in the Commonwealth.

The Queen, who is also the head of the Commonwealth, reached her platinum jubilee in February, becoming the first British sovereign to mark 70 years on the throne.

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