The Duchess of Cambridge attended the 2015 Commonwealth Day Service held at Westminster Abbey. Commonwealth Day celebrates the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Great Britain.
According to the Commonwealth Day website: “Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in March every year. It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.”
The day is marked by a range of activities, including a multi-faith Observance at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day.” You can learn more at: http://thecommonwealth.org/media/event/commonwealth-day-2015#sthash.BdZxNCPV.dpuf
The Commonwealth Day Service was held at Westminster Abbey, which many remember was the site of William and Catherine’s wedding. Surprisingly, William and Kate have only visited the Abbey a handful of times since then, so this event was quite special for them.
The 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance began at 3:15 PM. The theme for this year’s event was “A Young Commonwealth,” celebrating the youth and the future of these nations. The Observance is Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering, held on the second Monday in March and organised with the Royal Commonwealth Society. Among the 2,000-strong congregation will be more than 1,000 children from schools and youth groups.
During the service, speeches and reflections were made by Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, the Speaker of Bangladeshi Parliament, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, and PJ Cole.
— UK Parliament (@UKParliament) March 9, 2015
Throughout the commonwealth, celebrations were being held in schools, communities, and local organizations. Commonwealth flags were seen throughout Britain, celebrating the unity of nations. Government leaders and national representatives were all in attendance for the annual event.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband at the event along with Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall. It is the first time William and Catherine have attended the event. The Duchess of Cornwall looked very nice in grey, while Her Majesty looked positively lovely in a cream coat and hat.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant at the event. She wore a bespoke coat by Alexander McQueen in a lovely blush pink color. The coat was seen previously at Trooping the Colour 2013 during her pregnancy with Prince George. The coat also has a matching pink shift dress.
Her headpiece was a bespoke design by Jane Taylor Millinery. Before the event, the millinery shared their excitement that Kate would be wearing their design. The pink satin fascinator was a lovely accompaniment to the outfit.
The Duchess accessorized with pink satin Prada shoes, which we have seen at previous events. She carried a pink satin clutch, also by Prada.
Kate also debuted a new pair of earrings. The earrings are by Kiki McDonough, who tweeted us saying “The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing pink morganite cushion drops on a white gold hoop – back in stock soon.”
Today’s events were a wonderful reminder of the power of the commonwealth. A unity between 53 nations is an amazing feat in today’s world.