I am privileged to meet many amazing women in my travels around the world and I know how important it is that we hear their voices and their experiences. Thank you for helping us to make sure we record the great women of today so we can inspire the young women of tomorrow. Telling their stories is not just good for women, it's good for the world.
When I first had the initial idea for the Trust, following my visits to India and Pakistan in 2006, I could scarcely have dared to dream that it would have the remarkable success that it has since enjoyed and that it would touch the lives of so many people in need across South Asia.
I am beginning to find some encouragement from the fact that a more integrated and joined-up approach is starting to unfold, with real leadership being shown by many individuals who are placing their intellectual, organizational, political and, indeed, financial capital into fostering integrated and collaborative efforts.
It must surely be a collective responsibility for our generation to ensure that our children, grandchildren, and their children inherit a planet that can sustain them.
I just wanted to say how marvellous it has been to see pictures which, perhaps as you can imagine, have become old friends since I can remember on the walls of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and indeed Clarence House, represented here with such remarkable skill and to explore the effect in this, I think, utterly spellbinding exhibition.
It is heartbreaking beyond words to see just how much pain and suffering is being endured by Christians, in this day and age, simply because of their faith.
Indeed, astonishingly, during the past twenty-five years over ten million people in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan have been able to benefit from the healthcare facilities made available through AMAR, with many more benefiting from the educational opportunities that AMAR provides.
But most of all, congratulations to this year’s winners. It’s lovely to have you here in London, in Buckingham Palace, in a room that Queen Victoria knew so well, to celebrate the way you have crafted words so beautifully to create wonderful pieces of writing full of “truth and good feeling”. Thank you very much, very well done.
And, as you recover and move forward, you can be sure, Ladies and Gentlemen, that you are not alone. The plight of those who have been through such terrifying devastation and are still enduring such dreadful privation is close to the heart of Her Majesty The Queen and, indeed, to my own.
Real progress is being made, but it is only by incorporating the kinds of practical approaches developed by A4S into training and education that we can possibly achieve the speed and scale of action required.