The planet’s health today will dictate the health, happiness and economic prosperity of generations to come – hence our overwhelming responsibility to generations yet unborn.
Like all communities, we are also united by a love of storytelling. This might simply be a single family telling tales of past generations. Or it might be an individual nation’s stories that help us to understand the world around us.
The challenges are immense. The Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that 144,000 women were victims of rape or attempted rape in the last year for which these figures are available. This equates to roughly 16 of the most serious sexual offences every hour. Sixteen every hour.
As we begin to look back on the storm we have weathered, it is a source of the most enormous pride to hear how The Prince’s Trust’s Award winners have thrived, despite all the dreadful difficulties they have faced. Each of the winners has overcome immense barriers, as we have heard, to get where they are now and have shown the most impressive resolve. As I said earlier, I am enormously proud of all of you and cannot possibly congratulate you enough.
As you trailblaze this new path and forge a new character and identity, the legacy of the 4th Battalion The Rifles shall be one of relentless professionalism and glittering achievements that will live on.
All journalists who fight for truth and justice in the face of retribution deserve our thanks and admiration. Let’s do all we can to support, promote and, crucially, listen to the brave female journalists of Afghanistan, whose work puts them in danger every single day.
On behalf of the nation, I would particularly like to express my profound gratitude for the valour and sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives to keep us safe; to remember their families who mourn and to recognize those who continue to serve in order to safeguard our freedoms.
The last year has shown us, more than ever, the importance of dealing with issues like this and I have been particularly pleased to see two organisations that are so important to me, the British Asian Trust and Elephant Family, merge together to make this campaign and exhibition happen.
As before, I see a generation of Paratroopers that have been tested and not found wanting. For me, it is your exceptional quality, unique ethos, unparalleled determination and selfless commitment that define you. I am enormously proud to be a part of such an extraordinary Regimental family and to share this special day with you.
Trying to build bridges between faith communities and to deepen mutual understanding, has been a major part of my life’s work. So, I cannot tell you how profoundly grateful I am for such a very special accolade.