The Countess of Wessex attended a CHOGM Spouses’ Programme event at Kew Gardens this morning.

The Spouses’ Programme was a chance for the spouses and partners of the Heads of Government to meet informally, commemorating the strong ‘people to people’ bonds of the Commonwealth.

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The day began with HRH making her way to the Orangery, where she was joined by guests to listen to an opening discussion on the gardens, a summary of Kew’s involvement in The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, and learn more about the Commonwealth flora trail.

The Countess, spouses and partners met with children from four local schools and were shown examples of a Commonwealth related art project the children created. HRH and guests then went on to see the displays showcasing Kew’s collaborative work in Commonwealth countries.

HRH and those attending today’s event were given a tour of Kew, viewing examples of Commonwealth flora and fauna including a stop in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

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At the conclusion of the tour, Sophie planted a tree commemorating the visit, before attending a Commonwealth ‘Big Lunch.’

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In collaboration with the Eden Project, Commonwealth ‘Big Lunches’ has been taking place since 12 March and will end on 22 April. The goal was to gather people from all walks of life to share a meal and learn about each other, forging friendships.

Started by The Eden Project in 2009, The Big Lunch believes that society is better equipped to face challenges collectively.

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