The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity” of the people of the Commonwealth throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Charles’s words come as part of a speech set to be delivered during a special programme on Sunday to mark Commonwealth Day 2021.
‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’ will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 7th March at 5pm.
In the speech at Westminster Abbey, The Prince of Wales will say, “The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every country of the Commonwealth, cruelly robbing countless people of their lives and livelihoods, disrupting our societies and denying us the human connections which we so dearly cherish. Amidst such heart-breaking suffering, however, the extraordinary determination, courage and creativity with which people have responded has been an inspiration to us all.”
As well as the speech from The Prince of Wales, Her Majesty The Queen has also recorded a Commonwealth message for the programme. Other members of The Royal Family will also be making contributions including The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex.
The Prince of Wales will also address how the pandemic has made many people refocus on the environment, “This pandemic has shown us the true nature of a global emergency. We have learned that human health, economic health and planetary health are fundamentally interconnected and that pandemics, climate change and biodiversity loss are existential threats which know no borders.”
The Duchess of Cornwall will also be seen in conversation with broadcaster, Clare Balding. Speaking of how her interests in books was inspired by her father Major Bruce Shand’s love of literature, Camilla said, “I’ve always had a passion for books. Books have been a part of my life for so long. I started reading when I was very, very young with a father who was a fervent bibliophile.” Camilla made these remarks while talking of the importance of reading and literature across the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth Day 2021 is on Monday 8th March.
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