The first details for the 2022 Commonwealth Day programme have been announced.
Shared on the official Commonwealth Twitter account and website, Commonwealth Day 2022 will be celebrated on Monday 14 March 2022 with both an in-person service at Westminster Abbey and virtual events.
“Given that it is Her Majesty’s Jubilee Year, there will be a special focus on the role service plays in the lives of people and communities across the #Commonwealth.”
The theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day matches the theme of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, “Delivering a Common Future”. The theme will highlight and share how all of the Commonwealth nations “are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve goals like fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.”
Commonwealth Day is a significant day in the royal calendar. The Queen takes her role as Head of the Commonwealth seriously, and throughout her reign has continually reinforced its importance.
Traditionally The Queen is joined by the other senior members of the Royal Family for Commonwealth Day. In recent years, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have played leading roles in the service and presentations.
In 2021, there was no Service due to gathering restrictions. Instead, The Queen’s pre-recorded annual “A Celebration for Commonwealth Day” aired on Sunday, 7 March. Throughout the programme, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Countess of Wessex all prerecorded messages and discussions focusing on different aspects of the Commonwealth.
With 2022 being The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there may be different elements than are normally seen to mark the occasion. No Commonwealth tours have been announced yet, due to the ongoing global health crisis. However, it is expected that senior royals will undertake some form of Commonwealth visits to mark the Platinum Jubilee.