Observance

An Observance for Commonwealth Day 2014 was held at Westminster Abbey, London in the presence of HM The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Service was conducted by The Dean of W

In the UK, one way in which Commonwealth Day is celebrated is with a unique event in London’s Westminster Abbey. 

The UK’s largest multi-faith celebration, the Commonwealth Day Observance, is attended by Her Majesty The Queen, Heads of Government, High Commissioners, up to 200 other VIPs and more than 1,000 schoolchildren.

The Commonwealth Day Observance takes a different theme each year and in 2014 we are celebrating ‘Team Commonwealth.’ Through a mix of world music, dance and personal testimonies, the event will express the very real spirit of friendship and motivation towards the shared goals and values that exists between Commonwealth members. 

This year we had an exciting line up of speakers and performers, including addresses from inspirational campaigner Malala Yousafzvai, Lord Seb Coe and Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson. South African poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers read her specially commissioned poem. Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula  performed a piano piece, with further performances from Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums band, Visual Statement, The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and an appearance from Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde.

Click here for a write up of the event

Recent speakers at the Observance have included Founder of Avaaz.org Ricken Patel and Sir Richard Branson with performances from Annie Lennox, Rufus Wainwright, Beverly Knight, the Noisettes, and many more! Click here to see past videos from the Observance.

More information 

For more information about the 2014 Commonwealth Day Observance please email The Royal Commonwealth Society, who organise the event (on behalf of the Council of Commonwealth Societies) at eventsteam@thercs.org, or visit their website here

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