It has recently been announced that the traditional Commonwealth Day service will take place at Westminster Abbey on 14 March. It has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace whether there will be a royal presence at the service; there is usually, however, a large proportion of the family in attendance.
This coming spring, we could expect to see members of the Royal Family gathered together for the public occasion in a much-anticipated reunion. During the 2020 service, Her Majesty was accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the abbey.
That year’s Commonwealth Day service, which is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, was significantly Prince Harry and Meghan’s final outing as senior royals.
The traditional event was cancelled in 2021, for the first time in half a century, due to pandemic restrictions. Last year, members of the Royal Family appeared on BBC One’s televised special, A Celebration for Commonwealth Day, a programme which virtually paid tribute to the Commonwealth and its history.
The Queen made a speech at the beginning of the broadcast which celebrated all those who had worked on the frontline of healthcare and public services during the Covid-19 crisis. Her Majesty praised the worker’s, ‘courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty’ which, ‘had been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory’.
The Commonwealth’s official Twitter account announced this week that the celebrations and commemorations for the occasion shall go on this spring as normal, confirming: ‘#CommonwealthDay 2022 will be celebrated on 14 March with a service held at Westminster Abbey and virtual events.
Given that it is Her Majesty’s Jubilee Year, there will be a special focus on the role service plays in the lives of people and communities across the #Commonwealth.’