Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, will attend this year’s Observance for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey at 3.15pm on Monday 10th March.
The Address will be given by education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai.
Reflections will be given by sporting heroes Lord Coe and Baroness Grey-Thompson at the service, which this year takes the theme of ‘Team Commonwealth,’ ahead of the summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
There will be a performance in the Nave by the acclaimed British soul singer, Laura Mvula, whose music combines classical elements with influences from her Caribbean background. The Glasgow-based dance group, Visual Statement, and the Pipes and Drums of Gordon’s School in Surrey will also perform.
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.