A Connected Commonwealth
This year’s Commonwealth Day was extra special as representatives of the 53 member nations joined to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. High Commissioners and diplomats joined The Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, senior members of the Royal Family, Prime Minister Theresa May, who is the Commonwealth’s current Chair in Office, as well as the Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland for a joyous special service of music and dance representing the diverse family of nations.
Later in the evening dignitaries gathered at Marlborough House for a reception, where the future Head of the Commonwealth the Prince of Wales was in attendance as well as former British Prime Minister The Rt Hon Sir John Major.
This year’s theme was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ reflecting on how 53 nations, representing a third of humanity on five continents could use its common values and institutions to work together to confront the major challenges facing the planet.
Above image: The Queen is welcomed at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day service
Photos: Westminster Abbey/Picture Partnership/Commonwealth Secretariat