We gathered that a number of Commonwealth governments are reportedly planning to nominate Queen Elizabeth II for the Nobel Peace Prize. Campaigners have said that the Queen should get the Nobel Peace Prize for her decades of service to humanity.
Some politicians who are supporting this cause are Labour MP Frank Field and ex-Tory minister Lord Howell. The issue is set to be discussed on the margins at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in London next week. According to our source,
They said there was a formal nomination process, adding:
A minister said that there is private support for the initiative inside the Government.
Mr Field said:
The veteran Labour politician is also behind the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which is an initiative to preserve forests in Commonwealth countries. He said that the Queen deserved the prize for her ‘determined diplomacy in keeping the Commonwealth alive and functioning’. He said:
The former foreign office minister and president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Lord Howell of Guildford said:
However, the historian, Richard Drayton said it is ‘an absurd idea’, adding:
The yearly awarded prize is given to the person judged to ‘have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses’.
This year, it went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, for their ‘work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons’.
It can be recalled that it has been awarded to four US Presidents, including Barack Obama in 2009 for his work to ‘strengthen international diplomacy’ – just days into his tenure in the White House.
If she would be put forward, then the Queen would not be the first member of the Royals to be nominated, as President Kaunda of Zambia nominated Princess Anne for her work leading Save the Children in 1990.
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