CANCELLATION OF THE 2021 COMMONWEALTH SERVICE

PRESS RELEASE: CANCELLATION OF THE 2021 COMMONWEALTH SERVICE

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth Service,  which  was  due  to  be  held  at  Westminster  Abbey  on  Monday,  8 March  2021,  has  been cancelled.

Organised by  the  Royal Commonwealth Society, the  Commonwealth Service, which is  held each Commonwealth Day in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and Senior Members of the Royal Family, is an annual highpoint for the Commonwealth’s network of 54 countries and 2.4 billion people.

To mark the beginning of this Commonwealth Week, Her Majesty The Queen will share her annual message in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’, which will be broadcast on Sunday, 7 March, on BBC ONE. TRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex will also take part in the programme, sharing their perspectives on the importance of our Commonwealth links.

Dr Linda Yueh, Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said: “It is the privilege of the Society to organise   the   annual   Commonwealth   Service,   which   celebrates   our   wonderfully   diverse Commonwealth family but, like many organisations, we will be marking Commonwealth Day a little differently this year. On this occasion, and to also mark International Women’s Day, we invite guests to  join  our  virtual  conversation  with  Society   Ambassador,  and  previous   contributor  to  the Commonwealth   Service,   Alexandra   Burke.   We   look   forward   to   once   again   delivering   the Commonwealth Service in 2022.”

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