The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Commonwealth Day Service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the annual Commonwealth Day Service at the Westminster Abbey. The annual staple event of the British Royal Calendar brought back the much-needed Royal normalcy but with another exception. Her Majesty The Queen decided to step back from the physical presence due to mobility issues.

Her Majesty The Queen decided to step back from the physical presence due to mobility issues
The Royal Family

Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that after the discussion with the Royal Household,  the 95 years old Monarch decided to watch the service from Windsor Castle. The Queen has not attended any public engagement since October 2021 due to some health issues but carrying on Palace audiences and virtual engagements. Her Majesty asked the Prince of Wales to represent her at the service.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Commonwealth Day Service
Clarence House

As the Earl and Countess of Wessex had other engagements scheduled for the day so had Princess Anne, this year’s royal presence was very senior but very minimal.

Commonwealth is a political association of 54 member states from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific, headed by The Queen of the United Kingdom. Home of more than 2.6 billion people, Commonwealth was formed as the British Commonwealth of Nations through the Balfour Declaration at the 1926 Imperial Conference and formalized by the United Kingdom through the Statute of Westminster in 1931.

Royal Palace of Marlborough House
Commonwealth

The term ‘Commonwealth’ was first used by British Liberal politician Lord Rosebery in Adelaide, Australia, in 1884. During a famous speech, he referred to the British Empire as ‘a Commonwealth of Nations’. In 1959, The Queen made available the former Royal Palace of Marlborough House for Commonwealth purposes, and in 1965 it became the headquarters of the newly formed Commonwealth Secretariat.

 

The current Commonwealth of Nations was formally constituted by the London Declaration in 1949 that recognized King George VI as Head of the Commonwealth. Then Princess Elizabeth was on her first-ever Commonwealth tour when her father King George VI died in 1952 and she became the Queen. Following her father’s death, the Commonwealth leaders recognized Queen Elizabeth II as the Head of the Commonwealth and had remained the head since then.  Member countries of the Commonwealth have different constitutions: a republic with a president as Head of State (such as India and South Africa), an indigenous monarchy (for example, Lesotho, Malaysia, Swaziland, and Tonga), a sultanate (Brunei), an elected Paramount Chieftaincy (Western Samoa), or a realm recognizing The Queen as Sovereign (for example the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Barbados).

The Royal Family

In 2019, the leaders of the Commonwealth unanimously decided that after The Queen, Prince of Wales would be the head of the Commonwealth.  Her Majesty sent a message of support that reflected both on past and future.

The Theme of 2022 Commonwealth Day
Commonwealth

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2022 is – ‘Delivering a Common Future’ – which highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve goals like fighting climate change, promoting good governance, and boosting trade. The Service is the first in-person gathering of the Commonwealth since the start of the pandemic and will reflect Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year with a special focus on the role that service plays in the lives of people and communities across the Commonwealth.

 

Marking the day, Clarance House a new scholarship for Commonwealth students – Climate Action Scholarships for students from small island nations. The new scholarships will support students from small island nations to tackle climate change, helping them develop the skills and knowledge to address the effects of climate change in the countries they come from.  Participating universities are Cambridge University UK, University of Toronto and McMaster University in Canada, and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Westminster Abbey.

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This Was The Duchess of Cambridge’s 6th attendance at the annual event. She first attended in 2015.

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The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a blue Catherine Walker coat today. Thanks to UfoNoMore for the confirmation. The Coat is a customized version of the label’s Mayfair coat.

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Catherine was wearing a matching dress underneath the coat.

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Another new element of the look was Sean Barratt hat. The Duchess owns the same style of the hat in different shades i.e. black, brown-red, white but from Lock & Co.

Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps
Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps

The Duchess teamed up the coat with her Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps and

Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch (Blue)
Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch (Blue)

Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch

She paired it with a matching Lock & Co hat.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Diamond and Sapphire Diana Earrings
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Her Diamond and Sapphire earrings and

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Sapphire and Diamond Diana Pendant in October 2020
Sapphire and Diamond Diana Pendant

matching pendants were finishing the outfit. The Duchess first wore this pendant in October 2020 when she met with the President and First Lady of Ukraine.

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Next, we will see the royal couple at the St Patrick’s day parade on Thursday. We can also expect another announcement from Kensington Palace regarding the upcoming Caribbean tour any day now as it starts on Saturday.

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