Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.
Commonwealth Day 2020 was celebrated on 09 March with events across 5 continents including flag parades, church services, poetry mornings, dance performances and much more.
This year’s event was centred around the theme 'Delivering a Common Future', highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals like protecting natural resources and boosting trade.
Many people mark Commonwealth Day with a flag raising ceremony, which often includes a reading of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth's message on the significance of raising the Commonwealth flag on Commonwealth Day.
The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, joined Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at Westminster Abbey for a multi-faith service to celebrate the day.
Highlights included performances from West-End star Alexandra Burke, and multi-platinum, multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Craig David.
World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua also spoke at the service.
An annual reception to mark Commonwealth Day was held at Marlborough House, the Commonwealth’s headquarters in London today.
Entertainers and sporting stars joined Queen Elizabeth and other Royal Family members at a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey.
The Secretary-General has paid tribute to the 5 million Commonwealth women and men who volunteered to serve in the two World Wars of the twentieth century.
She touches on the theme of connectivity, mentioning how “advances in technology and modern media have now enabled many more people to witness and enjoy – with remarkable immediacy – the experience of Commonwealth connection, in areas such as education, medicine and conservation”
She ends by saying: “On this Commonwealth Day I hope that the people and countries of the Commonwealth will be inspired by all that we share, and move forward with fresh resolve to enhance the Commonwealth’s influence for good in our world.”