On Tuesday 25 November, The Queen received the Martin Buber Award during a ceremony at Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. The award was presented during EURIADE, the International Festival of Dialogue.
The Queen received the Martin Buber plaque in recognition of her commitment to children in need: "The World Childhood Foundation offers concrete and specialist care to children and their mothers who live on the street or who are abused. Alongside her many charity projects, The Queen puts her heart and soul into working for street children, sexually exploited girls and boys, and young mothers."
Philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965) is known for the "dialogic principle", in which listening to and giving responsible answers – with mutual respect – is seen as a gift. The Martin Buber Award is presented each year at EURIADE, the International Festival of Dialogue, to individuals who have excelled at such communication.
Previous winners include Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Schmidt, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Herman van Veen.