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,
“It is being discussed by different high commissioners. They want to nominate her for what she has done for the Commonwealth.”
They said there was a formal nomination process, adding:
“If someone nominates her and she is successful, I think the whole country would be thrilled to bits and consider her fully deserving.”
A minister said that there is private support for the initiative inside the Government.
“It is a lovely idea and it would be great if it happens.”
Mr Field said:
“I think it is a rather good idea. If she is not going to get it on that record — given the special nature of the Commonwealth, which could be such a force for peaceful change — then who would?”
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:
“British politicians do not understand the value of the Commonwealth. We have only grasped a small amount of what its potential is.”
The former foreign office minister and president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Lord Howell of Guildford said:
“I think it is a good idea.”
However, the historian, Richard Drayton said it is ‘an absurd idea’, adding:
“But I suppose given that the peace prize has been given to Kissinger after Cambodia and Obama before he did anything, the bar has been set low.”
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.