The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were among several members of The Royal Family who attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Other royals that attended the event include The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex.
Also attending the service was Prime Minister Theresa May and former Prime Minister and John Major. Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox were some of the entertainment stars also attending,
This year’s Commonwealth Day theme is a ‘peace-building Commonwealth’, which is based upon the principles of the Commonwealth Chapter that says “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”
The Commonwealth Day service is Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering. It is held on the second Monday of March. The congregation is made up of 2,000 people; including more than 1,000 children from schools and youth groups.
Representatives from several different faith communities were present at the serviceThe Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message, which was published in the Order of service spoke about the journey of the Queen’s Baton, the meaning of peace and the good things that what we can be thankful for as members of the Commonwealth.
“The cornerstones on which peace is founded are, quite simply, respect and understanding for one another. Working together, we build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community.”
Queen Elizabeth II
The message continued: “By upholding justice and the rule of law, and by striving for societies that are fair and offer opportunities for all, we overcome division and find reconciliation, so that the benefits of progress and prosperity may be multiplied and shared.
“As members of the Commonwealth family, we can find much to be thankful for in the inheritances we have received from those who came before us. Through consensus and cooperation great things have been achieved.”
Earlier this day, The Queen launched The Queen’s Baton, a 388-day relay which will travel over 100,000 miles and visit every Commonwealth nation as the Baton journeys to the Commonwealth Games.