Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family are attending the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey today. Commonwealth Day is held every year on the second Monday in March to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states, most of which are former territories of the British Empire. The day is always marked with a special multi-faith service attended by the Queen and a few members of the Royal Family at the Westminster Abbey. Over the past few years, the number of Royal Family members present at the service has grown. Before 2012, only the Queen and Prince Phillip attended the service, sometimes with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. This year’s service is attended by Her Majesty, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra (the Queen’s cousin).
The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth. She has travelled to all countries of the Commonwealh during her reign. Because of her old age, she doesn’t travel a lot anymore to countries far away. The younger members of the Royal Family are now travelling the world as representatives of the Queen. This year, the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) is held in London and the Royal Family is planning on attending lots of events in connection to the CHOGM taking place from 16-20 April.
During the service, people from Commonwealth countries from all over the world perform songs and read poems. Liam Payne, a former member of the very popular band OneDirection performed a song too.
The service can be watched live on BBC below:
For Meghan, it was her first official engagement with Her Majesty (and she sang along with the national anthem). Her future husband prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already attended this event several times in the past. It will likely be on their official calender for many years to come.
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry and Meghan meet school children in a reception after the Service.
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing her navy Beulah ‘Chiara’ coat (first worn in 2015, when pregnant with Princess Charlotte) and her navy big Lock & Co. hat, navy Rupert Sanderson pumps, a Jimmy Choo bag and a new brooch.
Meghan Markle is wearing a white coat by Amanda Wakely and a matching white hat by Stephen Jones. She is wearing a navy dress under the coat, a navy Mulberry England bag and navy pumps.