Commonwealth Day Observance 2014

The Observance took place at Westminster Abbey and featured speeches from Lord Sebastian Coe, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson; a specially-commissioned poem from South African poet Phillippa Yaa De Villiers; musical performances by Laura Mvula, The Pipes and Drums of Gordon's School and Visual Statement; and a keynote address by celebrated campaigner Malala Yousafzai. 

Six members of the Royal family attended the event: Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, and Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. The UK government was represented by The Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP, and in attendence were also the Commonwealth Secretary-General H.E. Mr Kamalesh Sharma, senior politicians, High Commissioners, Commonwealth dignitaries and over 1,000 young people, with approximately 2000 people attending in total.

Click here to see the photographs

Click here to watch Malala Yousafzai's keynote address

The Observance launched the 2014 Commonwealth Theme Team Commonwealth. This theme stresses the importance of teamwork and collaboration both within and between Commonwealth countries. It also sets the tone for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year. 

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