On Saturday 23 August, The Queen took part in the World Childhood Foundation Germany's 15th anniversary celebrations, which were held at Mainau Castle on an island in Lake Constance, Germany.
The day began with The Queen participating in the concluding meeting between economics students who had attended in the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting earlier in the week. The meeting is arranged each year in the town of Lindau, Lake Constance, bringing together Nobel Laureates and young research students.
The Queen then gave a speech and presented the newly inaugurated Global Childhood Award to Chinese economics student Bin Wan. He won the 'Your big idea will help small people' challenge, in which 480 students from around 80 different countries worked to develop a concept showing how businesses can engage in social involvement by working with the World Childhood Foundation, thus contributing towards a better future for children.
During her speech, The Queen addressed the economics students and said: "You are the future leaders of the corporate world or in the public sector, non-governmental organisations or in the academic field. No matter where you will be, your influence in making a difference in the world might be very important. And I specifically mean the difference for children." You can read the speech in full here.
After lunch, which was served in the Palm House at Mainau Castle, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting concluded.
The anniversary celebrations continued in the evening. The Queen presented an award to the German film director Christoph Röhl, whose work to combat child abuse was recognised by the World Childhood Foundation.
The evening endedwith a celebratory dinner.
The Queen is the founder and Honorary Chair of the World Childhood Foundation.
The work of the World Childhood Foundation is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is religiously and politically independent. The foundation has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the USA, and supports around 100 projects in 17 different countries.
Find out more about the work of the World Childhood Foundation here.