The Queen celebrates importance of “friendship” and “spirit of unity” in Commonwealth address

Her Majesty The Queen has delivered an address to the nation and Commonwealth ahead of Commonwealth Day 2021. Within the message, The Queen stressed the importance of “friendship” and “spirit of unity” during a year like no other.

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Referring to the global Coronavirus pandemic, The Queen said, “Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services in their communities. We have also taken encouragement from remarkable advances in developing new vaccines and treatments.”

The Queen also touched on the increased use of technology as a way of keeping in touch throughout the pandemic.

“In our everyday lives, we have had to become more accustomed to connecting and communicating via innovative technology – which has been new to some of us – with conversations and communal gatherings, including Commonwealth meetings, conducted online, enabling people to stay in touch with family, friends, colleagues and counterparts, who they have not been able to meet in person.”

The Queen’s message came as part of a special programme broadcast on BBC One – ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day.’ Other senior members of The Royal Family also took part including The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex.

The Queen rounded off her message by saying, “Looking forward, relationships with others across the Commonwealth will remain important, as we strive to deliver a common future that is sustainable and more secure, so that the nations and neighbourhoods in which we live, wherever they are located, become healthier and happier places for us all.”

Commonwealth Day 2021 is on Monday 8th March.

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