On Monday, The Queen used her Commonwealth Day message to emphasise that events throughout the Commonwealth may well be diverse but each and every one is focused on similar goals.
In the annual address, she underscored this year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘Team Commonwealth’ and how nations recognised they could attain more by working as one.
The pre-recorded message was part of the annual Observance of Commonwealth Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Monday afternoon. Joining The Queen for the service were the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall The Earl and Countess of Wessex, as well as various dignitaries.
In the address, Her Majesty, who is head of the Commonwealth, said: “Affinities of history and inheritance from the past are strong, yet we are bound together by a sense that the Commonwealth is a powerful influence of good for the future. People of all ages from different cultures are weaving an ever-growing network of links which connect us in our diversity and our common purpose. It is this unity that is expressed in this year’s theme: Team Commonwealth,” according to the British Monarchy website.
A highlight of the speech was the Commonwealth Games, which will be played in Glasgow this summer.
Monday’s service included music, readings and hymns celebrating the Commonwealth. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist was the featured speaker. Sports icons stars Lord Coe and Baroness Grey-Thompson delivered a reflective reading. Included was a performance by Laura Mvula, Brit Nominee and MOBO winner as well as a Commonwealth Day poem delivered by South African author and performance artist Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.
Commonwealth Day is held yearly on the second Monday in March. It is Britain’s largest inter-faith gathering. In honour of the hundreds of flags that are flown throughout the United Kingdom on Commonwealth Day, The Queen took part in unfurling a banner for the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ Initiative.
The full text of the Commonwealth Day Message may be found on the British Monarchy Website.