Martina Caruana, a 25-year-old Maltese young woman, had been invited to Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth to receive a prestigious award.
Martina has been working hard to improve the lives of others, and her efforts are being recognised in the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, in a special ceremony to be held at Buckingham Palace in London on 26 June.
There will be other youths from Commonwealth countries besides Martina, who have also worked positively to help others.
Martina has always worked hard to support women in leadership roles, and she has done this with the aim of creating more awareness about the challenges and obstacles faced by women in her country.
Martina has been chosen following a competitive process involving thousands of applicants from Commonwealth countries, who are working for the benefit of the community.
Global themes on which these youths are working include climate change, shortages in food distribution, gender-based violence, mental health and access to education.
The winners of this prestigious award will also attend a course at Cambridge University and visit projects leading to other networking opportunities and meetings aimed at helping them to develop as future leaders.