Princes William and Harry make the first royal Google Hangout
Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge will take part in an online interview with five young leaders each representing a commonwealth country when a new award for young people will be launched.
They will take part in the event from the Buckingham Palace and chat with the young leaders online through their web cam. Google and Twitter have launched a new “state of the art social media hub” in the palace for the event and they will launch the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.
The hub includes a Twitter mirror encompassing a two-way mirror with a tablet computer placed behind it and the princes are expected to take selfies using it and publish them on Twitter.
The awards scheme is started by Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust along with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society to honour about 240 young people in the age group of 18 – 29 who are chosen from about 53 commonwealth countries.
Using the hashtag #TheSearchIsOn and sitting on a couch which has the same phrase, they will start the search for nominees for the award. This is the first ever royal Google hangout and it will last for 12 minutes. The five leaders are from the UK, India, Jamaica, South Africa and Australia. The session will be introduced by Radio 1 disc jockey Gemma Cairney.
Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Dr Astrid Bonfield said in a statement, “We are looking for the most exceptional leaders from around the Commonwealth, we are looking for this generation’s Nelson Mandela. Who are the people who are going to inspire a whole generation? We want to find in every single Commonwealth country the young people who are already making a difference in their country.”
Those who win the awards will be given a year-long mentoring and training to help them sharpen their skills.