The Queen and The Commonwealth: BBC To Air Three New Programmes

On Saturday 21 April, BBC One and BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a special concert live from the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate The Queen’s 92nd birthday.

The concert will wrap up a week of Commonwealth Leaders meeting in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations

The Queen and members of the Royal Family will be in attendance.

It will be attended by the Queen and many members of the royal family, with performances from a host of musical stars.

So far perfumers will include: Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Anne Marie, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sting and Shaggy.

Tickets for the event which will see performances from stars across the Commonwealth will go on sale tomorrow (21 March) at 9 am. On the Royal Albert Hall website.

A second programme will air called: The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story which will feature BBC newsreader George Alagiah sharing the stories of The Queen and the Commonwealth she has led for over 60 years now.

“What we see in this film is the transformation of a young, diffident woman into a confident figure able to command the respect of leaders around the world. We discovered that as Head of the Commonwealth she has far more room to manoeuvre – able to influence world events in a way she cannot at home,” Alagaih commented.

The show will see George travel to Tonga where The Queen carried out her first Commonwealth tour in 1953. There he meets Princess Pilolevu, granddaughter of Queen Salote of Tonga, who welcomed the 27-year-old Queen upon her arrival 65 years ago.

George will walk in Her Majesty’s footsteps on his own Commonwealth tour to Australia, Ghana, India and South Africa.

Interviews will include Her Majesty’s daughter, The Princess Royal who talks about her own experiences of royal walkabouts and the Queen’s role in a male dominated world.

There will also be interviews with former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the second Commonwealth Secretary-General Sir Sonny Ramphal and South African politician Mamphela Ramphele.

The third programme will follow Sir Lenny Henry, born in Dudley to Jamaican parents examine the deep seeded roots between Britain and The Commonwealth.

Lenny Henry: The Commonwealth Kid, will see Henry tour the Caribbean with stops in the Bahamas and Jamaica to talk to people about what the Commonwealth means to them.

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