Queen Elizabeth II was unable to attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 14 March 2022 so she sent a message.
Prince Charles represented The Queen, who is Head of the Commonwealth, as he attended the multi-faith service with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Alexandra.
This year’s theme focused on the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – Delivering a Common Future – to highlight how the 54 members are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve goals like promoting good governance, boosting trade and fighting climate change.
Commonwealth Day is a yearly celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will represent Queen Elizabeth at CHOGM which will be held in Rwanda in June.
Meanwhile, The Queen sent her message to the Commonwealth:
In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.
Today, it is rewarding to observe a modem, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time.
That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved. We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and, throughout my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing what the relationships built across the great reach and diversity of the Commonwealth have meant to people and communities.
Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship. It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, providing everyone with the opportunity to serve and benefit.
In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
And on this special day for our family — in a year that will include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth Games — I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another, and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come.
The Royal Commonwealth Society organised with BBC One to broadcast the service live.
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