Students attend Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey with HRH The Prince of Wales
A lucky group of students attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on the 14th of March. TheCommonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey has been held since 1972. It celebrates the people and cultures of the Commonwealth nations. The Commonwealth is an association of 54 member states with a combined population of 2.4 billion citizens, almost a third of the world’s people. Commonwealth countries span Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific and are diverse – they are amongst the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.
Though the Queen was not in attendance this year, the service was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also in attendance and made a speech. Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party was also there, along with various members of the cabinet.
There were other famous faces for the students to spot, including triathlete Jonny Brownlee, model Naomi Campbell and David Walliams. The students also got to hear some superb musical performances from Mica Paris and Emeli Sande. The service began with a procession of Commonwealth flags and there were representatives from all faith communities who said poignant words of address including, “A person is either your brother in faith, or your brother in humanity.”
“It was a great privilege for so many of our students to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey this week. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in an incredibly meaningful service which celebrated diversity and the beauty of different cultures.Such values are incredibly important to us at Summit Learning Trust as we are proud to have such a diverse staff and student body. I know all the students that attended thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the capital and the chance to attend an event with members of our royal family.”
Vince Green – Education Director, Summit Learning Trust