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The Queen, Charles, Camilla & Birgitte host Commonwealth Diaspora Reception at Palace

The Queen was joined by members of her family at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday evening as she hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Diaspora community.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Gloucester also attended the event and met people from the Commonwealth who have made a positive contribution to society.

According to Buckingham Palace, the reception offered an opportunity to recognise people of Commonwealth heritage who have “made a positive contribution to business, community and culture and the United Kingdom.”

Everybody who was invited to the event had the chance to meet the 91-year-old Monarch who has been Head of the Commonwealth for 66 years.

Among those present at the reception were people who have been successful in areas such as business, politics, the arts, sport, diplomacy, religion, charities, youth and community groups.

The reception is part of a series of engagements in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which will be hosted by Her Majesty The Queen in May.

As Head of the Commonwealth, The Queen and her family will take part in dozens of Commonwealth related events over the next few months.

In April, Her Majesty will mostly be pre-occupied hosting world leaders at Windsor and will be attending important meetings.

As a result, younger members of The Royal Family are stepping up to cover for The Queen.

This includes Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should she not be otherwise engaged at the Lindo Wing.

In April, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex will host a fashion reception on behalf of The Queen at Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week.

The event will celebrate and showcase a newly launched creative initiative – the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

The Prince of Wales and the Earl of Wessex will be in Australia representing The Queen at the Commonwealth Games.

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