The Commonwealth is set to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday in April with a special musical extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. The Queen’s lifelong commitment to the Commonwealth will be celebrated at the London venue on April 21st after what is expected to be her final meeting with the Heads of the Commonwealth Governments.
It is believed that Commonwealth chiefs have booked April 21st – Her Majesty’s 92nd birthday – at the Royal Albert Hall for a night of world music. The event is planned for the day after the culmination of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which is being held in London with a full programme of events being hosted by The Queen.
While The Queen’s attendance will not be confirmed until all details are finalised for security reasons, it is believed that Commonwealth leaders are organising their diaries accordingly. It is also being reported that the BBC has agreed to film and broadcast the event.
A source commented, “It’s going to be a mix of Commonwealth music off the back of the CHOGM. The content has not yet been decided. It is thought to be the only time in The Queen’s reign when she has done anything on her birthday, which makes it unique. It will be superb.” The Queen usually spends April 21st in private and celebrates her birthday at the Trooping of the Colour in June.
The concert is being organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and is set to round off a week of formal meetings between leaders as well as lighter entertainment including events on food and fashion. It is hoped that after a long week of private and public events, the concert will be an event to unite the Commonwealth.
The meetings take place every two years and rotate between member states. As Her Majesty no longer travels overseas – with Prince Charles standing in at many CHOGM – this is likely to be the last meeting she will attend in person.
Although the CHOGM doesn’t happen until April, events are already starting to begin in the build up. On Monday 19th February, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex will team up to host a Commonwealth Fashion Reception at Buckingham Palace while The Queen and Members of The Royal Family will attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12th followed by an evening reception at Marlborough House, home of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
In 2015, The Queen said she was “enormously proud” of everything the Commonwealth had achieved.
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