Princes William and Harry to launch Queen"s initiative before traveling to Belgium with Duchess of Cambridge


Princes William and Harry are teaming up to launch a new initiative on behalf of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Wednesday, before attending a service of remembrance hosted by the Government of Belgium in August.

The Queen”s Young Leaders Programme will be a new initiative to find future Commonwealth leader and the brothers will launch it at Buckingham Palace where they will unveil all the details.

The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth – the voluntary association of 53 countries made up of 2.2 billion citizens – and is known for placing great importance on the work of the Commonwealth.

Prince Harry and Prince William on Christmas Day 2013

It isn”t the first time that the Queen”s grandchildren have worked on her behalf throughout the Commonwealth.

The pair carried out duties during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge visiting Malaysia, Singapore and the Soloman Islands, while Harry attended events in Jamaica, Belize, and the Bahamas.

In August the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Belgium to attend a service of rememberance, before being joined by Prince Harry at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery near Mons, Belgium, for a UK commemorative event.

2014 marks a hundred years since the beginning of the World War II and the British royals have been undertaking various engagements to pay their respects.

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William at 2014″s Trooping The Colour

British ambassador to Belgium, Jonathan Brenton, said: “I am absolutely delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are coming to Belgium for the First World War Centenary commemorations this August.

“These commemorations remind us of the important bond between our two countries and the sacrifices we shared together one hundred years ago.
He added: “It is vital that younger generations learn the lessons of the war by visiting memorials like St Symphorien near Mons, lest we forge”