As King Charles IIIIt is coronation approaching soon, the British monarch is celebrating his first commonwealth day as sovereign.
Charles, 74, was joined by his family, including his wife Queen consort Camillason Prince Williambeautiful girl Princess Kate and his brothers and sisters Prince Edward And Princess Anne for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
The Royal Family were greeted outside by a Maori group before heading inside for the service.
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William and Kate’s appearance was their first Commonwealth Day as Prince and Princess of Wales. The couple matched in navy blue ensembles. Kate paid tribute to Williams’ parents, wearing a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings, previously worn by Princess Diana, and the Prince of Wales feather brooch, a gift from Charles. Charles was the Prince of Wales before ascending the throne.
Kate did her best to hold her hat to her head on a windy day in Westminster. Her peplum jacket and white-embroidered skirt were also ruffled by the wind.
William opted for a simpler outfit in a navy blue suit with a blue tie.
In a speech for the occasion, Charles made reference to his “beloved mother”, Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September. “In succeeding Her Majesty at the helm of the Commonwealth, I draw great strength from her example, as well as from all that I have learned from the extraordinary people I have met, across the Commonwealth, over so many years. ‘years,’ he said.
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The monarch also spoke of his hopes for the future of the Commonwealth as part of the tenth anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter, centered on “peace and justice; tolerance, respect and solidarity; concern for our environment and of the most vulnerable among us”.
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“These are not just ideals. In each lies an imperative to take action and make a practical difference in the lives of the 2.6 billion people who call the Commonwealth home,” he added.
With the Commonwealth governing more than a third of the world’s population, Charles said he hoped to tackle issues of “climate change and biodiversity loss, opportunities and education for young people, health world or economic cooperation” through a collaborative effort of other countries.
“The Commonwealth has an incredible opportunity and responsibility to create a truly sustainable future – a future that delivers the kind of prosperity that is in harmony with nature and that will also secure our one and only planet for generations to come,” a- he declared in the impassioned speech. “Let ours be a Commonwealth that not only stands together, but strives together, in the relentless and practical pursuit of the global common good.”
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