While she was here, she had only seen Buckingham Palace from the outside. On Wednesday Oct 26 , she and fellow Singaporean Tan Wan Gee, 14, were escorted into the palace, put through a rehearsal and taught how to curtsy. The Duchess was presenting certificates to the two teenagers: Gauri came in tops in the junior category of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, while Wan Gee was the runner-up. They beat 13, others from nearly all the Commonwealth countries, earning themselves a "Winners Week" in London which includes cultural and educational activities such as visits to Cambridge University, Houses of Parliament, The London Evening Standard newspaper, British Library and an award ceremony in Buckingham Palace. Gauri said she was "extremely nervous" about the royal experience.
2016 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition for Young Writers from Commonwealth Nations
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Singapore regularly does very well in this competition and has the most entries from a single Commonwealth country. The topics are a chance to develop critical thinking and to express views in a creative manner. It asks young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens. Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged under 18, the essay competition offers young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to make their voices heard on a global platform, to engage with issues important to them and to express their aspirations for the future. The information about the competition including the entry rules and essay topics can be found here: www. The Royal Commonwealth Society RCS , founded in , is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world.
Commonwealth Writing Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth, promoting literacy and expression by celebrating excellence and imagination. The topics for both the Junior and Senior categories allow for the exploration of this theme in a number of ways, including: the significance of community; the importance of diversity and difference; the question of belonging; the values of tolerance, respect and understanding; and the sense of shared responsibility that exists within the Commonwealth today. The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, The Gambia, Ireland and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the competition. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online.