Prince William pays tribute to late mother Diana's legacy


Canadian teenager Faith Dickinson was among the honourees at Thursday's inaugural Diana Awards, hosted by Princes William and Harry as a way to carry on the legacy of their late mother, Princess Diana, by honouring teenagers around the globe who are changing the world for the better. The winners were described as exemplifying the Princess of Wales' commitment to kindness, compassion and service.

"This summer marks 20 years since our mother died", Prince William said. "Even though I wasn't born when she passed away, I have read about the humanitarian work that she did".

The future king told the young recipients that their mother had achieved so much in her life, from helping to fight the stigma around Aids to supporting the homeless.

Tessy Ojo, the Diana Award's chief executive, added, "Today is about two things; celebrating young people for their selfless contribution to society, their courage and bravery, sometimes in the face of adversity and demonstrating to young people that we, as a collective, value them".

Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, presented the Legacy Award to 20 teenagers from the United Kingdom and across the world.

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Speaking to the crowd, Prince Harry had some inspirational words for the young award recipients. He created Jaylen's Challenge as a resource for other kids who are bullied and has taken his anti-bullying message of hope around the U.S.

The 17 year old music student from Tonbridge said about her award: "It means a great deal, it's so high profile and Princess Diana was a really positive person". "The [20] Legacy Award winners are truly inspirational - often coming from extremely hard circumstances". I can only applaud a truly incredible group of young people.

"That is why we are so pleased that her name is being put to good use by the Diana Award to recognise young people who are making a mark in the world around them".

He added: "Of course, we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do. This result was tremendous".

Diana died in a auto crash in Paris in 1997. A statue was commissioned for the grounds of Kensington Palace to honor Diana as well as a "White Garden" in the palace's sunken garden that features Diana's favorite flowers.