Sat. Oct 19th, 2019

In photos: Royal pomp and pageantry on Commonwealth Day

Among those in attendance were the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Prince Andrew.

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This year marked the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. The Royal family stepped out in their finest garments for the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

About 2 000 leaders and distinguished guests joined the Royal Family, as well as 800 students from nearly 80 schools in the district. Fitting, as more than 60% of the Commonwealth’s population is made up of millennials.

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Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Day Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and at the end of the service there was a procession of Commonwealth flags. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily

A connected Commonwealth

The theme for this year’s Commonwealth celebrations aimed to encourage “collaboration to protect natural resourced and the environment.” Reverend Dr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, opened the service.

After that, Theresa May took to the podium to read 1 Corinthians 12: 14-26, followed by performances by William Barton, Alfie Boe, and the B Positive Choir.

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Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Day Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and at the end of the service there was a procession of Commonwealth flags. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily

Long-standing tradition

The first Commonwealth Day celebration took place in 1977 and is observed on the second Monday of March. Queen Elizabeth II is head of the Commonwealth, and Prince Charles is her designated successor.

Prince Harry is President of the Queen Commonwealth Trust, while Meghan Markle serves as Vice-President. As reported by BBC:

“The 53 Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe, marked the day with a range of activities, such as faith and civic gatherings, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events.”

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Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Day Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and at the end of the service there was a procession of Commonwealth flags. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily

Keeping up with Canadian tradition

Before the service at Westminster Abby, Prince Harry and Meghan visited the Canadian embassy as part of Commonwealth Day celebrations.

Thereafter, students taught Meghan how to make maple syrup taffy, a spring tradition. The couple also met with young Canadians working in fashion, the arts, business and academia.

The also watched a musical performance before meeting up with the rest of the Royal family at Westminster Abbey. Meghan and Kate hugged each other warmly, squashing any rumour of a feud between the two sisters-in-law.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Service. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Service. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily
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Members of The Royal Family greeting Alfie Boe and William Barton. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily
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The Royal Family also met performers including Alfie Boe and William Barton. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles arriving at Westminster Abbey. / Image via Twitter: @RoyalFamily

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