Prince William And Prince Harry Will Present An Award In Memory Of Princess Diana

The Diana Award recognises young people from around the world who carry out inspiring work.

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Prince William and Prince Harry will honour the legacy of Princess Diana when they present a new award set up in memory of their late mother.

In January, The Diana Award announced that, this year, a special Inaugural Legacy Award would be presented to a group of exceptional young people from across the world to mark the 20th anniversary of the Princess's death.

On Thursday, the Princes will honour the 20 recipients at a special ceremony at St James's Palace.

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The accolade recognises those aged nine to 18 who demonstrate kindness, compassion and service, qualities that were embodied by the Princess during her lifetime.

The winners, who come from the UK, USA, Canada, India, Belize and UAE, have been selected from a poll of nominations by an independent judging panel.

As well as receiving the prestigious prize, the recipients will also be entered into a development programme, which improves skills in leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology.

11-year-old Femi Owolade-Coombes, who has Tourette's, is one of the younger recipients who will be celebrated at the event. He is being recognised for setting up computer coding workshops to help other children like him. 'Because they come into a Tourette's and autism friendly environment it means they cannot be overwhelmed when they come in, they can sit down and ultimately enjoy it and it also means I get to feel that I'm helping others not just myself,' Owolade-Coombes told Sky News.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award said the ceremony was a 'landmark event' for the charity.

'At The Diana Award we understand that valuing young people also means investing in them so we are delighted that these Legacy Award recipients will have access to our unique development programme that ensures they continue to be positive trailblazers for their generation,' she said in a statement.

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