Yesterday’s Commonwealth Day service was indeed a service of reunion. It was a busy weekend for the royal family, particularly Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who spent the last week rounding up their duties as senior members of the royal family. The 2020 Commonwealth Day also marks Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s final event as working senior royals.
The Commonwealth Day is a day when the royal family show their solidarity with the 54 nations that make up the Commonwealth and honour their charitable commitments. British-Nigerian heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua, who always proudly represents his Nigerian background, was chosen to give a speech at Westminster Abbey.
Watch Anthony Joshua’s Full Speech here…
His speech touched on a number of issues, with an emphasis on unity around the Commonwealth. Joshua began:
“My name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and, like many of you here, I’m a child of the Commonwealth. I was born in Watford and my heritage is Nigerian. I come from the Yoruba people, who are the largest and some might say the loudest ethnic group in all of Africa.”
“I’m proudly Nigerian and proudly British. These days we hear so much about division and difference that some might be tempted to see that as a bad thing. But on the contrary, it’s a beautiful thing. A thing to be celebrated and cherished, and a great source of peace and stability. I feel opportunity should be there for the taking along with hard work, dedication and perseverance, regardless of one’s background. We need to strive harder collectively in order to create unity. It takes a village to raise a child. And in the same vein, it takes a whole community to act and stand together to tackle some of the challenges we are confronted with today.”
He then concluded by saying “So here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam. To the UK and Nigeria, and the children of the Commonwealth.”
Listen, I don’t know about you, but I was just so happy to hear egusi and pounded yam make their royal debut. #justkidding
Besides the speeches and the celebration of unity, people around the world look forward to the Commonwealth Day because of the Royal fashion, and this year, all eyes were on the lookout for the popular Duchesses. Meghan and Kate both opted for bold colours for this year’s ceremony.
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Meghan wore a green cape dress by Emilia Wickstead and a matching netted hat by William Chambers. As one of Britain’s leading designers, Emilia Wickstead was the go-to choice for Meghan on her last official royal engagement before she and Harry complete their royal exit on March 31.
Kate Middleton stayed true to her timeless style in a deep red Catherine Walker coat dress and a matching fascinator with floral details. Prince William complemented her with a dark suit and burgundy tie.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore a white dress with navy accents and a navy pillbox hat while the Queen wore a Stewart Parvin coat in sky blue.
See more royal fashion and moments from the event…
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