Belfast Telegraph

Duke of Cambridge to meet Commonwealth’s budding entrepreneurs

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge will meet young people from the Commonwealth when he attends a joint session of the institution's business and youth forums.

Senior members of the royal family are involved in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London which will see leaders from across the globe take part in a two-day summit.

In the run-up to the start of the talks tomorrow forums are being staged where issues varying from gender politics to the environment are being discussed.

Prince William will make an opening speech at the round table meeting of the business and youth forums addressing representatives from across the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) network facilitated by the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

The session, at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in central London, includes philanthropists who will talk about the role that they can play in supporting new entrepreneurship, and investing in the next generation.

The session will explore what the Commonwealth can do to encourage, empower and connect entrepreneurs across the network.

During the day the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Commonwealth Big Lunch at the conference centre.

Prince Charles will also meet civil society representatives from the People's Forum and join representatives from the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and selected Youth Forum delegates for a roundtable discussion on the work of young people in the Commonwealth.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, was due to host representatives from all 53 Commonwealth nations at a banquet at Guildhall last night.

Chancellor Philip Hammond was among the speakers at the event which was also attended by senior City, business and charity representatives.

Commonwealth Big Lunches, created by educational charity the Eden Project in partnership with the Government, encourage people to get together to celebrate their Commonwealth connections through food.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, bringing together up to 52 leaders from across the Commonwealth to London, continues until Friday.

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