The Queen praises the Commonwealth for being ‘ever bigger’ in her annual message

The Queen said she hoped people across the Commonwealth “could draw strength and inspiration from what we share” during these “testing times”.

The head of state’s comments were made in his annual message to the ‘family of nations’ issued on Commonwealth Day, as many countries continued to battle Covid-19 and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia threatened world peace and economic stability.

Now in the 70th year of her reign, the 95-year-old monarch said it made her happy in her Platinum Jubilee year to reaffirm the pledge she made in 1947 at the age 21 years of devoting his life to service. to the nation and the Commonwealth.

The Queen issued a positive note, extolling the virtues of the Commonwealth which “continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship”.

His message to the family of the country’s 2.5 billion citizens was released just before a Westminster Abbey service marking Commonwealth Day, with guests including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and hundreds of dignitaries. and young people.

Missing was the Queen who recently recovered from a bout of Covid and asked Charles to represent her after deciding not to attend following discussions with her family over arrangements for the event.

While the monarch now regularly uses a staff and recently told two senior officers at a reception at Windsor Castle “Well, as you can see I can’t move” when asked how she was going, the decision is interpreted as a mobility problem rather than a new health problem.

The Queen is due to celebrate her 96th birthday in less than six weeks and maintaining her comfort is a consideration and it is understood she has paced herself, although the Head of State has been keen to do all the work that she could during her Covid fight.

The Prince of Wales represented the Queen at the Commonwealth Day service (Adrian Dennis/PA)

In her written message, the Queen said: ‘In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it gives me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be dedicated to service.

“Today it is gratifying to witness a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time. May the Commonwealth grow is an honor for all who have been involved.

The Head of State went on to say, “Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship.

“It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, offering everyone the opportunity to serve and benefit.

“During these difficult times, I hope you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.”

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