As Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen will lead celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day 2021 on Sunday 7th March. The Queen will be joined by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex as The Royal Family come together to take part in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’ a special programme to be broadcast on BBC One.
Each year, Commonwealth Day has a theme and the theme for 2021 is ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.’
The Queen will make a broadcast to the nation to mark Commonwealth Day where she will pay tribute to the way in which communities across the family of nations have come together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prince of Wales has also recorded a message which will address the universal devastation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Focussing on climate change and protecting unique landscapes, marine environments and biodiversity, Prince Charles will celebrate the critical work being carried out across all Commonwealth nations.
The Commonwealth of Nations is a political association of 54 member states and was formally constituted in 1949 by the London Declaration. Her Majesty The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth and at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Prince Charles was chosen as The Queen’s successor as head.
The Duchess of Cornwall is also getting involved in Commonwealth celebrations. Camilla has spoken to Clare Balding on the importance of books and reading for the children of the Commonwealth. In a conversation in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey, Camilla and Clare are joined, via video, by Ranjitsinh Disale – an award winning teacher from India who discusses his experiences of using literacy to boost children’s confidence.
Every year on Commonwealth Day, a reflection is given. The 2021 reflection will be given by two-time Commonwealth Games heptathlon champion Denise Lewis while prayers will be led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken to medical, charity and voluntary staff from across the Commonwealth to hear how they have been working to care for those in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, The Countess of Wessex has spoke to women from across the Commonwealth to hear how they have been supporting other women and their wider communities. Sophie’s chats were also to mark International Women’s Day which takes place on Monday 8th March.
‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’ will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 7th March at 5pm and will be presented by Anita Rani.
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