Members of the British Royal Family – including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and the Duke of York – joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Service. The service celebrates the unity shared by the fifty-plus commonwealth nations overseen by Her Majesty.
The service has a theme each year, and this year the theme is “An Inclusive Commonwealth.” In a message released ahead of today’s service, the Queen shares that “Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant. True celebration of the dignity of each person, and the value of their uniqueness and contribution, involves reaching out, recognising and embracing their individual identity.”
Today’s service included over 1,000 schoolchildren, and featured a performance by Ellie Goulding and a short speech by Dr. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. There was also a beautiful processional of all the flags of commonwealth nations.
For today’s event, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a grey bespoke coat by Erdem. She accessorized with a John Boyd hat, Emmy London clutch, Asprey earrings, and Rupert Sanderson shoes. Kelly Lynch, fellow royal blogger at The Duchess Diary, noted that this look was straight out of Downton Abbey – which we wholeheartedly agree with!
Today’s service is a reminder of the power and favor held by Queen Elizabeth. She is loved the world over, by UK citizens and commonwealth citizens who are proud to be a part of her reign.