Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, visited Canada House today to mark Commonwealth Day.
The visit to the home of the Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom included a meet-and-greet with young Canadians living in London, a musical performance, a short speech by High Commissioner Janice Charette and a demonstration of how to make taffy on snow.
Watch live at 10:45 a.m. ET as the Royals attend a Commonwealth Day service.
Commonwealth Day is an annual event marked in Canada and the 52 other Commonwealth countries, most of which were at one time under British rule.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, in which leaders of the Commonwealth nations agreed to be “free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress,” with the British monarch as its head.
🇨🇦🇬🇧 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are marking <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/CommonwealthDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#CommonwealthDay</a> by celebrating the diverse community of Canadians living around the UK.<br><br>Le duc et la duchesse de Sussex marquent la <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Journ%C3%A9eduCommonwealth?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#JournéeduCommonwealth</a> en célébrant les diverses communautés de Canadiens habitant le R.-U. <a href=”https://t.co/oc8LcjLW40″>pic.twitter.com/oc8LcjLW40</a>
The modern Commonwealth exists, according to the Royal website, to “foster international co-operation and trade links between people all over the world.”
In her message, the Queen said the alliance has “stood the test of time,” and it continues to grow and adapt to contemporary needs.
“We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of co-operation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw,” she said.
“With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.”
Trudeau touts Canadian contribution
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement celebrating the occasion and praising the strength of the association of nations.
“The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 countries, working together to promote democracy, sustainable development, the rule of law, and universal human rights. Canada has been a member from the beginning and has played an important role in its evolution,” said Trudeau.
“On behalf of the government of Canada, I encourage Canadians to take part in community events for Commonwealth Day and learn more about our shared history,” he added.
Following their stop at Canada House, the duke and duchess will join the rest of the Royal Family for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Flags of all 53 members of <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ourCommonwealth?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ourCommonwealth</a> flying in London’s Parliament Square for <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/CommonwealthDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#CommonwealthDay</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Q3A5ETv6rx”>pic.twitter.com/Q3A5ETv6rx</a>
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