The in-person Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey returned today, March 14, for the first time since 2020. The 2020 Commonwealth Service was the last in-person event before the pandemic lockdown. This year, Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall for the event, along with Princess Alexandra.Embed from Getty Images
The Queen was scheduled to attend but pulled out of the event. Prince Charles represented The Queen. The theme for Commonwealth Day 2022 is “Delivering a Common Future”, and HM released a message to mark the day.
In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.
Today, it is rewarding to observe a modem, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time.
That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved. We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and, throughout my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing what the relationships built across the great reach and diversity of the Commonwealth have meant to people and communities.
Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship. It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, providing everyone with the opportunity to serve and benefit.
In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
And on this special day for our family — in a year that will include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth Games — I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another, and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come.royal.uk
You can watch the full service below.
Kate wore a new, vibrant sapphire blue coat from Catherine Walker paired with a Sean Barrett hat.Embed from Getty Images
Kate accessorized with her Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, and a matching necklace that was first debuted back in December 2020 for a Buckingham Palace meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife, Olena. This is a very clear message of support to the Ukrainian President and people.Embed from Getty Images
Camilla wore purple, which is a favorite color for her for this event. She’s wearing a Fiona Clare coat and Philip Treacy hat.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Alexandra was also color-coordinating.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images