The Duke of Cambridge gives his speech at the Centrepoint Awards.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge celebrates young people at Centrepoint Awards

The Duke was joined by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes at the ceremony, hosted by our Ambassador Jonathan Ross.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge praised the achievements of extraordinary young people at the Centrepoint Awards 2018 supported by The Co-operative Bank at Kensington Palace.

Centrepoint Ambassador Jonathan Ross hosted the ceremony along with Emilia Clarke and Lord Fellowes, who introduced each winner by reading their remarkable stories.

Now in its third year, the Centrepoint Awards recognise the courage shown by young people in turning their lives around after experiencing homelessness.

In total, there were seven winners in six categories – Life Transformation, Education, Personal Development, Enterprise, Sport and Rising Star.

The Duke of Cambridge with the Centrepoint Awards winners and Seyi Obakin.

"These young people are an example to us all"

The Duke of Cambridge, centre, with Seyi Obakin, Centrepoint Chief Executive, left and the Centrepoint Awards winners: Nabila Mirza, Claudette Shay, Talisha Reid-Clementson, Joshua Gargett, Zinnia Young and Tamara Cobb.

The Duke of Cambridge also gave a moving speech where he recognised the success of the award winers – the real stars of the evening.

"The courage these young people have shown in spite of the most difficult of circumstances is an example to us all,” he said.

“What they have achieved – jobs, university, independence – is a testament not only to their strength of character but also to the dedication of Centrepoint’s team."

The Duke, who became Centrepoint’s Patron in 2005, also underlined his commitment to ending youth homelessness.

“Soon Centrepoint will be 50 years old. I feel immense pride in all it has accomplished in that time, but with it deep anger – anger that in one of the most prosperous countries in the world homelessness is still putting the lives and futures of our young people at risk.”

Zinnia takes a photo on the beach.

A real rising star

The winner of our Rising Star Award is the amazing Zinnia – a remarkable young woman who has overcome many challenges. But today her life is incredibly positive. She has her own flat and has landed her dream job as a painter and decorator.

Read Zinnia's story

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