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A Remarkable Journey to Windsor Castle with Yvonne Field OBE

February 9th, 2024

Back in June, we announced that our CEO, Founder, Yvonne Field had been awarded an OBE in the King’s Birthday Honours for her services to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and Social Justice. 

This week marked a pivotal moment as Yvonne embarked on a poignant journey to Windsor Castle to receive her award in person from Prince William, who, amidst the news of the King's cancer diagnosis, has resumed his royal duties. 

Yvonne was accompanied by her cherished family – her daughter Omolara, niece Cyran, and brother Tony. During an overnight stay in Windsor (not the castle!) there were moments tinged with emotion as Yvonne remembered her mother who fought for her educational rights back in the 1970’s which set her on path of pursuing racial and social justice. It also provided a special moment to reconnect intergenerationally. 

After an iconic and picturesque drive up The Long Walk to Windsor Castle; passing stringent security checks, the walk to the actual castle was slightly regretted by the female  members of the party due to some rather high heeled shoe choice!  


Prince William extended his gratitude to Yvonne for The Ubele Initiative's endeavours in supporting young people with mental health issues, particularly through their collaboration with his organization, Heads Together, amidst the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Yvonne shared insights into our ongoing initiatives, highlighting the GIDA project, which resonated with His Royal Highness's new investment in social housing for young people with CentrePoint. 

After some formal family photographs and once outside, Yvonne was interviewed on camera by the Kensington Palace Communications team. She dedicated her award to her mum – who is her everlasting inspiration. 

Reflecting on her day at Windsor Castle, Yvonne Field OBE said, 

‘What’s been beautiful is all the messages of congratulations, people saying well done and that I deserve it. There’s just been so much joy and support for the work that I've been doing since my teens. It was a day I’ll never forget. It’s forever in our family archives as a memory that makes you smile from inside. Receiving national recognition for the work I’ve been able to do, and loved doing, is just the icing on the cake’. 

We’re immensely proud of you too Yvonne. Each member of the Ubele family stands in awe of your leadership and vision. Your indomitable spirit serves as a beacon of inspiration to us all. The world is undoubtedly enriched by your presence. 

With heartfelt admiration, 

The entire team at The Ubele Initiative 

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