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Larnaca woman chosen as one of Queen’s Young Leaders

Antonia Michailidi

Antonia Michailidi from Larnaca has been chosen as one of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme winners for 2018, it was announced on Tuesday.

She is one of the last awards winners as the prestigious programme is now in its fourth and final year. Every year since 2014, exceptional young people aged 19 to 28 have been honoured who improve the lives of others in their community.

Michailidi, 21, will now join the Queen’s Young Leaders network of 240 award winners, a unique community of influential change-makers who represent all 52 Commonwealth countries. The winners announced on Tuesday will receive their award from the queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.

The young woman has been chosen in recognition of the work she is doing to help refugees and women who have experienced domestic abuse living in Cyprus.

“I cannot describe how thankful I am to be receiving this award. I feel honoured that my work has been recognised and I want to thank every person that has in any way contributed to my work.  This programme not only raises awareness for what young leaders around the world are doing but it also motivates others to get involved. I am looking forward to meeting with the other young leaders to exchange ideas and knowledge,” she said.

The winners receive unique training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a residential programme in the UK to help them build on the work they are leading in their communities.

“In this, the final year of The Queen’s Young Leaders programme, once again we have outstanding award winners, leading the way in transforming people’s lives for the better in every part of the Commonwealth. We congratulate them all for their remarkable achievements. Over the coming year the programme will nurture and develop their talents, and equip them to go further in making a lasting change in their communities. I hope they find the experience to be truly life-changing and I’m delighted to welcome today’s winners to the now complete network of Queen’s Young Leaders,” Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said.

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with UK charity Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

To see a full list of award winners and highly commended runners up, and to read more about their inspirational stories please visit

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