On Monday 12 March 2012 The Queen will attend a Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminister Abbey.
This year’s observance marks The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and her 60th year as the Head of the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth Day will be marked by a multi-faith service held at Westminster Abbey. Attending the service will be over 1,000 school children and 200 other VIPs, including High Commissioners and the Prime Minister.
Commonwealth Day will take the theme of ‘Connecting Cultures’ with performances of music and dance from around the world. The occasion will also be the start of the Commonwealth celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with various members of the Royal Family visiting Commonwealth countries around the world.
The first of these ‘Royal Tours’, will see The Earl and The Countess of Wessex undertake an overseas tour of the West Indies between the 21 February and the 7 March. They will represent The Queen in the year of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The Earl and The Countess begin their tour in St Lucia, where they will join 50th Anniversary Independence Day celebrations by attending the Parade and watching a youth performance.
The ‘Tour of the Realms, British Overseas Territories and Commonwealth Countries’ includes visits by Members of the Royal Family to St Lucia; Barbados; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Grenada; Trinidad and Tobago; Montserrat; St Kitts and Nevis; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda.