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David Beckham and Prince Harry heap praise on inspirational young leaders

By Tony Jones

Prince Harry and football star David Beckham hailed inspirational young people from across the Commonwealth as role models to others as their achievements were honoured by the Queen.

Harry described the 60 winners of the Queen's Young Leaders Awards as "an inspiration to so many" as they received medals for showing exceptional leadership in their communities.

Beckham said he hoped his children would look up to those being honoured during the Buckingham Palace ceremony.

The former Man United star, who attended the inaugural awards ceremony last year, added: "I want my children to be inspired by these guys, whatever they want to be, to be honest, as long as they have dreams, aspirations. What better people to look at than these young women and men?"

Prince Harry also paid his own tribute to the Queen for her role in leading the nation.

He said: "I have been extremely fortunate to meet many exceptional people over the years, but none more so than Her Majesty, the Queen. I, like millions of others across the world - have been able to look to her for inspiration."

The awards recognise the exceptional leadership of young people from across the Commonwealth's member states.

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