Queen Elizabeth Delivers Powerful Commonwealth Day Message

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The royal gang’s all here! And by here we mean attending the annual Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey. 

As per usual, the Commonwealth Day service was a family affair. Attendees included the 93-year-old queen, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and—of course—Meghan and Harry. For the occasion, Her Majesty the Queen (who is head of the Commonwealth and also delivered a speech) dazzled in a powder blue ensemble including a coat, matching hat and black accessories.  

The queen's Commonwealth Day message featured her traditional themes of diversity, connectivity, conservation and how technology has allowed more people to experience advances in education, medicine and environmental preservation.

“On Commonwealth occasions, it is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of the people and countries that make up our worldwide family,” she said in part of her message. “We are made aware of the many associations and influences that combine through Commonwealth connection, helping us to imagine and deliver a common future. This is particularly striking when we see people from nations, large and small, gathering for the Commonwealth Games, for meetings of Commonwealth governments, and on Commonwealth Day. Such a blend of traditions serves to make us stronger, individually and collectively, by providing the ingredients needed for social, political and economic resilience.”

She continued with some thoughts on what’s to come. “Looking to the future, this connectivity means we are also aware, perhaps as never before, that wherever we live, our choices and actions affect the well-being of people and communities living far away, and in very different circumstances,” she added. “For many, this awareness awakens a desire to employ our planet’s natural resources with greater care, and it is encouraging to see how the countries of the Commonwealth continue to devise new ways of working together to achieve prosperity, whilst protecting our planet.”

The service marked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last official royal engagement before they settle into their new home base of Canada.

This little reunion is definitely bittersweet.

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