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Commonwealth Day Fashion Through the Years: Her Majesty The Queen


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Upon ascending the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II not only became the monarch of the United Kingdom but also became head of the Commonwealth. Originally, this included seven independent states – the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Since then, the Commonwealth has grown to 16 realms and 54 independent member states.

Traditionally, Commonwealth Day is celebrated with an Anglican service at Westminster Abbey in March. The Queen is known to give a speech broadcast throughout the Commonwealth, and she is joined by other members of the Commonwealth and the Royal Family.

Because of the pandemic, the 2021 service is cancelled. In light of the cancellation, Royal Central is taking a look at the outfits Her Majesty has worn to the annual service throughout the years.

9 March 2020

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11 March 2019

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12 March 2018

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13 March 2017

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14 March 2016

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9 March 2015

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10 March 2014

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12 March 2012

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14 March 2011

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8 March 2010

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9 March 2009

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10 March 2008

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12 March 2007

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13 March 2006

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For Commonwealth Day 2006, Her Majesty was in Australia on a five day visit. The annual service was held at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney.

14 March 2005

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8 March 2004

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10 March 2003

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11 March 2002

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March 2001

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March 2000

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11 March 1991

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1989

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1985

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1984

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March 1982

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1976

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1972

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About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.