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network Colloquia Westminster Abbey hosts commonwealth performers and dignitaries for 2014 observance Dignitaries from across the Commonwealth “Many of us are following closely the joined the Queen in celebrating Commonwealth news of the baton relay as it passes through Day at Westminster Abbey on 10 the 70 countries and territories whose teams March 2014. will gather for the Games,” she said. “The The observance, Britain’s largest annual images bring vividly to life what we mean multi-faith service, is held on the second by the Commonwealth family: it is wonderful Monday of March every year to celebrate to see the warmth, shared endeavour the unity of the Commonwealth of Nations. and goodwill as the baton is passed through Among those in attendance were the the hands of many thousands of people. Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, “Affinities of history and inheritance the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Earl and from the past are strong, yet we are bound Countess of Wessex. together by a sense that the Commonwealth This year’s theme, ‘Team Commonwealth’, is a powerful influence of good for the stresses the importance of collaboration future. People of all ages from different within the Commonwealth and makes cultures are weaving an ever-growing network reference to the upcoming Commonwealth of links, which connect us in our diversity Games. The Queen’s Commonwealth Day and our common purpose. It is this address reflected both leitmotifs. unity that is expressed in this year’s theme: 74 l www.global -br ief ing.org second quar ter 2014 global ‘Team Commonwealth’. The understanding that we belong together, and are able, through teamwork, to achieve far more than we could do alone, has always been at the heart of our approach. For all of us this is now captured in the Commonwealth Charter which sets out the values and principles which guide and motivate us.” Following the Queen’s speech, international campaigner Malala Yousafzai gave a heartfelt keynote address to the congregation, pleading for the universal right to education and gender equality. “The future success of the Commonwealth Pipers, drummers and dancers from Gordon’s School – an academy in Surrey. Queen Victoria was the school’s first patron – like the future success of any team – depends on the next generation. It should be the top priority that each country in the Commonwealth and all over the


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