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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have attended their last official function as senior members of the Royal family.
During the Commonwealth Day celebration at Westminster Abbey yesterday, the couple didn’t take part in the Queen’s formal procession. They were simply ushered to their seats.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were also not part of the procession due to some last minute changes. The Palace, however, decided to keep mum on what prompted the change.
The Queen’s invitation for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join the celebration was very important, despite the couple deciding to step down as senior members of the Royal family. Prior to stepping down from their Royal duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex played a huge part as the President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
As they officially step down on Mar. 31, they will still be carrying out their roles as President and Vice President of the trust despite not being able to represent the Queen anymore.[The Guardian]
Photo courtesy of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ Instagram account
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