As we disussed last week that the annual Commonwealth Day Service on March 07 has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown in the United Kingdom. Today, it was announced that HM The Queen will share her annual message in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’, which will be broadcast on Sunday 7th March on BBC One.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Countess of Wessex will also take part in the programme, sharing their perspectives on the importance of our Commonwealth links.
The Commonwealth Day is marked by an annual service organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society every year in March on the second Monday. The Commonwealth, headed by the British Monarch, represents a global network of 54 countries with a combined population of 2.4 billion citizens. The event is the United Kingdom’s largest annual inter-faith gathering, and celebrates the people and cultures of the Commonwealth nations.
This year’s virtual event will be presented by Anita Rani and will have people participating from across the commonwealth, alongside music and readings, including performances by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, Nitin Sawhney, Lianne La Havas, Alexis Ffrench, and a reflection by double Commonwealth gold medal winning athlete Denise Lewis. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, will lead prayers and blessings and will be joined by faith leaders from around the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Day Service has been held at Westminster Abbey since 1972.