THE COMMONWEALTH SERVICE
Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the world’s premier, inter-faith, public event to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations and provides an opportunity to focus attention on this voluntary association of 56 countries and their commitment to promoting democracy, human rights, the rule of law and equality for its 2.5 billion citizens.
This annual event, which is currently held at Westminster Abbey, celebrates the unity, diversity, and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and seeks to foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth’s achievements and role, particularly amongst its young people.
As Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended this high-profile event and was regularly joined by Senior Members of the Royal Family, Commonwealth and UK political and diplomatic representatives, members of the public and hundreds of young people from across the United Kingdom.
Centred on the Commonwealth theme, the Service features a vibrant mixture of testimonies, performances, and readings from different parts of the Commonwealth. In recent years, the Society has been honoured by the participation of Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi as well as UN Patron of Oceans Lewis Pugh, Ophthalmologist Dr Andrew Bastawrous and world heavy-weight boxing champion and Olympic gold medallist, Anthony Joshua OBE.