- Royal family shows up at Commonwealth Day service
- Event held in person for the first time in two years
- The queen chose not attend due to her health
The royal family's latest appearance marks a grand return to tradition! As Hello! shares, the Commonwealth Day service was held at London's Westminster Abbey on Monday, and even though Queen Elizabeth II was not present, several other royals were there.
Prince Charles takes the queen's place at service
The queen was originally scheduled to attend this year's Commonwealth Day service, but decided not to make an appearance as her health recovers. Instead, she requested that Prince Charles attend in her place— and he wasn't the only royal family member present! Duchess Kate and Duchess Camilla both showed up in colourful ensembles, wearing blue and purple respectively, while Prince William and Charles were seen in navy suits.
During the pandemic, the Commonwealth Day service was held virtually in both 2020 and 2021, making this return to celebrating in person especially significant. As Hello! mentions, "Delivering A Common Future" was the theme of the event this year. The royals were seen seated together in Westminster Abbey as they listened to various speakers. There were also musical performances, including one from Emili Sandé!
Queen Elizabeth II's last major appearance was earlier this month, when she met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She also released a special statement to honour this year's Commonwealth Day. "I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another," her closing remarks read, "and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come."