Without Queen Elizabeth II, but with a beaming Kate
Queen Elizabeth II did not attend a traditional service on Commonwealth Day. For this, Duchess Kate enraptured.
Queen Elizabeth II (95) was unable to attend a traditional service on Commonwealth Day today. “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it gives me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947,” the Queen said in a statement. It is about her promise to put her life in the service of the Commonwealth.
Today it is worth observing “a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time”. The greatness of the Commonwealth is a credit to all concerned. The “Family of Nations” offers connections, cooperation and friendship. “In these difficult times, I hope you will find strength and inspiration in what we share as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all,” Elizabeth II continued.
Worship service at Westminster Abbey
While the Queen was officially represented at the service in London’s Westminster Abbey by her eldest son, Prince Charles (73), it was Duchess Kate (40) who probably attracted the most attention. The wife of Prince William (39), who was also present, attended the service in an elegant, blue coat by Catherine Walker. A matching hat and matching heels completed the tasteful look.
Others present included Charles’ wife, Duchess Camilla (74), and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (57). After the Queen’s 70 years as Head of the Commonwealth, “we also thank God for her faithfulness and pledge to learn from an example of duty and service,” said the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, according to a Daily Mail report. .
At the end of last week it was announced that Elizabeth II would not attend the service. However, Buckingham Palace stressed that the Queen will be carrying out other planned engagements this week. The Queen had only recently been infected with the corona virus. The court confirmed on February 20 that she was suffering from “slight, cold-like symptoms”. In her first personal audience after her illness, she received Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (50) at Windsor Castle.