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Queen's Commonwealth Day speech focused on inclusivity

Monday, March 14th 2016 - 13:17 UTC
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“Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant”. “Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant”.

People of the Commonwealth should “support those in need” and others who “feel excluded”, the Queen said in her annual message to the association, which is focused on inclusivity. She said helping those less fortunate would be a way of embodying this year's Commonwealth theme of inclusivity.

 The Queen's message will form part of the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey being held on Monday afternoon.

In her message, the Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, wrote: “Today, and in the year ahead, the theme An Inclusive Commonwealth is an inspiration for us all.

”Let us give it practical effect by supporting those in need and those who feel excluded in all walks of life. By doing so, we will continue to build a truly representative Commonwealth community.“

The Queen also said working together for the common good was an essential ingredient of belonging to the family of nations.

”Each of us has cause to celebrate the sense of belonging expressed in our 2016 theme: An Inclusive Commonwealth,“ she wrote.

”Our recognition of this value, and the wisdom of mutual respect for each other, is set out in the Commonwealth Charter. Its opening words, 'We the people of the Commonwealth' convey the conviction that individuals, as well as governments, build and shape our success.

“Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant.

”True celebration of the dignity of each person, and the value of their uniqueness and contribution, involves reaching out, recognizing and embracing their individual identity.”

The Commonwealth has 53 member countries representing 2.3 billion people.

The Westminster Abbey service will be the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK and will be attended by members of the Royal Family and a host of dignitaries.

Highlights will include the principal reflection given by Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, and a musical performance by Ellie Goulding

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  • golfcronie

    And as an aside “ she said that the FALKLANDS were part of the British Overseas Territory and no talks could or would take place without the presence of the FALKLANDERS ”

    Mar 14th, 2016 - 02:28 pm 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Argentistan is jealous because it was not invited to join the Commonwealth.

    Mar 14th, 2016 - 02:50 pm 0
  • ilsen

    @2
    'tis a shame to be sure. Imagine how well Argentina may have progressed as a member....

    Mar 14th, 2016 - 07:10 pm 0
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