2018 A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day


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Live from Westminster Abbey in London, Her Majesty the Queen is joined by senior members of the royal family to lead a service of celebration for Commonwealth Day.


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Good afternoon, and welcome to the

Commonwealth Service at a rather

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damp Westminster Abbey. This is

going to be another great day in

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March. This service is a celebration

of the modern day Commonwealth, its

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diversity in the Queen's commitment

to it throughout her long reign.

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Inside, the people have been

gathering for a couple of hours and

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have been entertained by a Maori

choir who will later on, whilst the

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service goes on, will be producing

some absolutely wonderful music. I

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think they are taking a breather at

the moment. Largest turnout of the

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Royal family, as well, at this

service and there has been for many,

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many years. The first appearance at

the Abbey of Meghan Markle ahead of

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her wedding to Prince Harry in May

this year. We are seeing now a

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procession of 53 flags from 53

nations of the Commonwealth. They

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are carried by young representatives

of all those countries and youth is

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a real theme today, because the

Commonwealth is young. 60% of the

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population under the age of 30. The

order in which the flags are

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processed is a microcosm of history,

a record of independence of the

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order of the countries joined the

Commonwealth. You can see Britain at

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the front. At the back, the most

recent joiners, Rwanda and

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Mozambique. Both countries have no

historical ties to the British

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Empire. India's represented, of

course. 1.3 million.

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course. 1.3 million. So is Nauru,

just over 10,000 people. Gambia is

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here as well, be joining the

Commonwealth after a period of

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suspension.

Now, Her Majesty the Queen is head

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of the Commonwealth and she has been

pivotal in its development and that

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is a commitment she first made 70

years ago.

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As I speak to you today

from Cape Town, I am six thousand

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miles from the country

where I was born.

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But I am certainly not

6000 miles from home.

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In 1947, Princess Elizabeth revealed

her vision for the future of the

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Commonwealth.

If we'll go forward together, we

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will be able to make the common

wealth which we all loved so dearly

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and even more grand thing.

More

clean, more prosperous, more happy

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and a more powerful influence for

good in the world.

Over the past 70

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years, the Queen's hopes have been

realised as it's grown. From eight

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to 53 independent countries across

six continents, made up of 2.4

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billion people, totalling a third of

the world's population. The reason

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for its growth is perhaps due to one

of the Commonwealth's founding

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values, that all members are equal.

From India, with the largest

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population, to the smallest, Nauru

in the Pacific.

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The Queen has made more than 200

visits to member countries. Most

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recently to Malta for the last

Commonwealth Heads of Government

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Meeting in 2015. Other members of

the Royal family travelled the

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Commonwealth to promote its values,

such as protecting the environment,

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raising awareness of climate change.

It may literally mean the survival

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of their countries or the

extinction.

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Highlighting the importance of young

people. And increasing access to

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health and education.

There a

younger generation coming through

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who want to talk about it but there

is still that stigma. So if us

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getting tested normalises and makes

a difference, then job well done.

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These values will be at the heart of

discussions in London next month,

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when the Queen will preside over her

24th heads of government meeting.

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Sitting next to me in Westminster

Abbey as someone who can give us the

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inside story on the Commonwealth and

is even writing a book on it.

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The Daily Mail journalist Robert

Hardman. What happens at these

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meetings?

They are very unlike the

average summit on the summit

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circuit. That is largely because

they have a family feel. They have

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an intimacy that you just don't get

at your average summit. That really

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comes down from the Queen herself.

We are going to see that

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particularly busy because this is a

summit that is going to be at home.

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It is going to be staged both at

Buckingham Palace and Windsor

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Castle. It is going to have a very

atmosphere.

And there is something

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they have called the leader's

retreat, it's not the sort of thing

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you would see at an EU summit.

No,

you certainly wouldn't get them

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wandering off in casual clothes,

dispensing with spin doctors and

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minders and going into retreat. Some

of them have even, one in Kuala

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Lumpur featured a karaoke, much to

the terror of Mrs Thatcher. They do

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have this special atmosphere and

this one will be at Windsor Castle.

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And Britain was a late substitute?

Yes, the 20 South Commonwealth

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summit couldn't take place in the

original location because of a

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natural phenomenon. That is why it

will take place in Buckingham Palace

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and Windsor and why we will see so

many of the Royal family here today.

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Theresa May, will be taking over as,

because of her office, she will be a

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very important person at the summit

coming up.

Yes, this will be her

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first summit, her first host summit.

Every year, the Commonwealth chooses

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a theme and this year the theme,

which Theresa May has already talked

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about, is towards a common future.

One of the initiative encourages

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communities to come together over a

good lunch. My colleague Sonali Shah

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is with two people for whom food is

a real way of life, Chetna Makan and

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and Ainsley Harriott.

Yes, two good foodies. Chetna, most

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of us know you as a finalist from

the great British I got in 2014 but

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we won't know how much food helped

you at menu came to the UK from

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India all those years ago.

Yes, it

did. That is the beauty of it, a

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perfect way to break barriers and

get people talking. I used to cook

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for my colleagues and neighbours and

I found it really easy to connect

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with them through that.

Ainslie, you

are involved in the Commonwealth Big

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Lunch alongside Chetna. How can all

of us get involved?

Everyone can get

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involved because it brings

communities together. The best thing

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to do is go online and get all your

information but what the

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Commonwealth has done is created

this wonderful opportunity for

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people around the globe, 2.5 billion

people, to come together. We a party

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here on the June three of June. If

everyone wants to get involved, 9.3

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million people got involved last

year. For those of you that thing,

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why should I get involved? Do you

realise 83% of people in Britain

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would not recognise their neighbours

in a police line up? That is why it

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is so important. There is a lot of

loneliness out there and people who

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are feeling isolated. This is a

wonderful opportunity on the 3rd of

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June to bring all those people

together, regardless of age,

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regardless of cultural background to

stop it is about that whole diverse

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loving going on and we can do it

through food.

You have put together

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a recipe for it, what is your

recipe?

I have chosen the dish

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because it is a mix of vegetables

and you eat it with bread, so the

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idea is to put it in a big bowl in

the centre of the table and everyone

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can take in.

One of my favourite

dishes. Can we do it with some

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cheese on toast or a glass of wine

if we need to?

Of course you can.

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You can have a little macaroon and a

cup of tea over the fence with your

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neighbour. It's about bringing

people together, it really is. I

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would love to come to your house!

So

would I, so would I! Food, everyone

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thinks is part of the big moments in

our lives but it is those pressures

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moments in between also. Thank you

so much.

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Thank you. That is a great thought,

those big lunch is coming up. That

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is, the Commonwealth Big Lunch one

of a number of events leading up to

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the summit of the heads of

government. Robert, another one is

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the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange,

which is also going on.

That is

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right, Jeremy. We heard how food can

bring people together. A few days

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ago at Buckingham Palace there was a

remarkable event showing how fashion

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can bring people together. There

were these amazing collections

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brought together under one roof,

featuring top fashion designers from

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all over the Commonwealth. Also very

small... We see the Duchess of

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Cambridge with Anna Wintour of

Vogue.

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Big high street names, but at the

same time very small little

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producers from other areas, Artisans

and hand-woven crafts coming

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together. It represents what the

Commonwealth is about, the very big

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and very small, with an emphasis on

youth.

Lots of support, we can see

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there, from the Royal family and

celebrities as well.

That is right.

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The Commonwealth does bring in VIPs

and celebrities from all over the

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world. You see some here today as

well. Other events coming up in the

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run up... We have the Queen's young

leaders is another important strand

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to this Commonwealth story, another

event that brings together young

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people.

Youth is a big theme, the

use of the people in the

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Commonwealth and this remarkable

scheme that offers a package of

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training, mentoring and networking

for people who get this award. They

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get this award from Her Majesty the

Queen.

Yes.

Which must be a big

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thrill.

There we see some of last

year's recipients. A project very

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much driven by the Queen has. The

idea is to find really inspirational

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young people across the Commonwealth

who are already making a difference

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in their communities and who may

well one day go on and run their

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countries. There we see last year's

remarkable people. A young man from

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Bangladesh who had set out a first

aid project that reached out to

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thousands of people in disaster

areas. Everyone you talk to has an

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extraordinary story, and it has all

been driven by the Queen. In this

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case, funded by her diamond Jubilee

trust.

Let's go back to Sonali Shah

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with two people taking part in

today's service. Dr Andrew

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Bastawrous and Jaspreet Kaur.

You are a guest speaker because he

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received funding from the Queen's

trust, tell us about the focus of

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your work?

Millions of people across

the Commonwealth are needlessly

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blind, four in five who could be

treated with simple treatments. Our

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mission is to change that by finding

and linking them to the crack

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services.

You believe they can be

easily treated, things we take for

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granted in the western world?

For

the majority of people, including

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myself, a pair of glasses or a

cataract operation which can be done

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in ten minutes for £10.

Trying to

eradicate this preventable blindness

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is an ambitious goal. You think a

device attached to a mobile phone

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could really help.

Show us that

device. Yes, there's all sorts of

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new technologies and this is one

possible way to contribute. By

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clicking this device onto a phone to

enable someone to see inside the

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eye. A non-healthcare worker can

identify someone in a remote

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setting, link them to services such

as our programming Kenya, where

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teachers are finding people in

schools and making sure they get

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treatment on a timely basis.

You

will be talking more about your work

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during the actual service so we look

forward to hearing more about that.

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You will be performing your poem,

the Moment, tell us about its

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message.

It is a poem about humanity

and togetherness, this idea of what

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we can do on an individual basis to

help one another and to help society

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in general. I thought today's kind

of the perfect place to share that

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message.

I know you are such a huge

believer that the spoken word can be

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such a powerful tool and almost not

harnessed enough.

Absolutely. I

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think the arts in general, the

creative scene in general is

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something we can tap into more. What

I do with poetry is it's an

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accessible way for people to talk

about topics perhaps we don't talk

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about in other ways, and an

accessible way for people to access

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those things. I hope that works

today.

You are in the middle of your

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12 month long honeymoon and this is

part of it. Did you know that,

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Andrew? We know how important a day

like this is to both of you.

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Absolutely. We have been travelling

for six months so far. Honeymoon in,

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also working on humanitarian

projects in countries across the

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Commonwealth as well, and then we

fly out tomorrow morning to Cape

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Town to carry on the journey.

Look

forward to hearing both of your

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reflections during the service, good

luck.

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Sonali Shah with two very impressive

people. What we are going to see now

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is a procession by athletes. One of

the big highlights of the

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Commonwealth is always going to be

sport. It is one of those things

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that links a lot of countries, and

the Commonwealth Games is coming up

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next month in April. We are seeing

faith leaders arriving, as well.

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Faith leaders are arriving as well.

The Commonwealth is a very diverse

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place. So highly appropriate that

sick faith leaders will be year and

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we will hear them saying six prayer

later on.

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-- six.

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I had guests arriving, you can see

some distinctive headwear, religious

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symbols.

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I went for a walk around the Abbey

just before the main events of the

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day started and there was a

remarkable, relaxed atmosphere. A

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lot of young people, more than 700

young people are in the Abbey today.

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Coming from schools in Northern

Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the North

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East, the North West, the Midlands.

Scouts and youth groups including

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from Sri Lanka, Botswana, Singapore,

South Africa. A lot of young people

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and that is not accidental. The

theme of this event today includes a

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lot to do with young people. Robert?

That is correct and right from the

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start the Queen has believed in the

fact that young people are of the

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Commonwealth. 60% of them under 30.

Nicola Sturgeon is also here today.

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Sitting next to the First Minister

of Wales. Scotland has played an

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important part in the Commonwealth

story. It held the last Commonwealth

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summit in Edinburgh and has hosted

three Commonwealth Games. The last

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was in Glasgow. Jeremy Corbyn there,

Norman Fowler put up Cabinet

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minister and important man in the

House of Lords.

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Today's service will feature some

music performances, one of

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which will be from former

One Direction member Liam Payne,

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who is with Sonali now.

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Welcome to the Commonwealth Service.

Tell us a bit more about the song

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you will perform today.

Today I will

be performing an appropriate

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be performing an appropriate song

waiting for the world to change it

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up it has some important lyrics. It

has and I think it is appropriate.

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As well as having so many fans, and

we know how young the Commonwealth

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is, you have also been involved with

the leaders programme.

I went down

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to the presentation and it was so

nice to see so many young people

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doing these amazing things across

the nations. And that is coming from

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the use of that is a really

beautiful thing.

Well the very much

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look forward to hearing from you

later.

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Not long now before the royal party

start arriving. There is a very big

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turnout of senior members of the

Royal Family this year. Of course to

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do with the fact that the

Commonwealth Heads of Government

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Meeting will be held here in London.

People are talking, getting ready

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for what is going to be a think an

important day. There are of course

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is the Prime Minister to reason

they.

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-- Theresa May.

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Very well-behaved children. And

Pamela Stewart will take over the

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Commonwealth chair from the Prime

Minister of Malta after the

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Commonwealth Heads of Government

Meeting here in London next month.

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I think we can see the Minister of

health from Botswana. Botswanan is a

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country that is very important in

the campaign against affordable

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blindness and we will be hearing

more about that later in the

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service. It is the only country in

the world that plans to screen all

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children for issues to do with their

site.

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-- sight.

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The Royal Family now starting to

arrive. The Countess of Wessex, a

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very active oil when it comes to the

Commonwealth.

Yes she has been key

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to that campaign on avoidable Linus.

Vice patron of the diamond jubilee

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trust and she has been out looking

at much of its work. She was in

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Bangladesh just a few months ago and

she managed herself to diagnose a

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seven-month-old baby with a serious

eye condition and that has now

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successfully intruded.

The Duke of

York just coming through the West

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door of the Abbey. He was recently

in Australia, and he went to the

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Gold Coast whether Commonwealth

Games is to be held next month.

Yes

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and he will be holding his own event

in conjunction with the summit. With

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young entrepreneurs, a special

Commonwealth event. Earlier we had

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the Duchess of Gloucester coming in,

the Duke of Gloucester earlier today

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and he is actually in Malawi having

a Commonwealth bid lunch. The

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Princess Royal coming in behind the

Duke of York, she is very key to a

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lot of what the Royal Family do in

the Commonwealth. The Princess Royal

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was just last year in Ghana marking

the 60th anniversary of their

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independence.

And the lady in the

blue suit, Baroness Scotland,

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Secretary General of the

Commonwealth. As also lined up in

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that receiving line the Prime

Minister of Malta. Doctor Joseph

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Muscat. He will be giving a reading

later on.

Talking there to the

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Queens cousin, Princess Alexandra.

And behind it the Duchess of

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Gloucester I think. A very active

participant in a lot of things.

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participant in a lot of things.

Lord

Howell of Guildford talking now.

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President of the Royal Commonwealth

Society. These are some of the week

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movers inside the Commonwealth.

Quite relaxed atmosphere as you can

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see. The Prince of Wales. I think he

will be arriving now.

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will be arriving now.

The Duke and

Duchess of Cambridge arriving.

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Sporting his new haircut. The

Duchess of course expecting her

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third child in April and will become

fifth in line to the throne. As well

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as that there is Meghan Markle. A

lot of attention will be on her

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today. Wearing that cream coat there

with Prince Harry who she will marry

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at St George 's Chapel in Windsor in

May. They're

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May. They're looking at dances and

drummers from Ghana. Meghan Markle

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having a crash course in all things

British. She has been all over the

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country with Prince Harry in recent

weeks, to all parts of the United

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Kingdom. Today will be her first

official engagement in the company

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of the Queen. And her first

experience of a big state occasion

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at Westminster Abbey. The place

where coronations and royal weddings

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have taken place. So somewhere that

will feature a great deal in her

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married life.

And I would imagine

the Commonwealth is going to also

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feature pretty heavily with Prince

had been dashed Prince Harry and

0:24:250:24:30

Meghan Markle as well. She has

already said that she looks forward

0:24:300:24:32

to doing some visits.

They have both

spoken of the work they look forward

0:24:320:24:40

to doing in the Commonwealth, as

with all younger members of the

0:24:400:24:45

Royal Family. The Duke of Cambridge

as well, they visited Canada,

0:24:450:24:55

Australia and New Zealand with their

young children. And we'll be meeting

0:24:550:25:01

the entire Commonwealth diplomatic

corps tonight at Marlborough house.

0:25:010:25:06

Thanks to the Queen ambassadors from

the Commonwealth are not even called

0:25:060:25:12

ambassadors but High Commissioners

and they will all be invited tonight

0:25:120:25:15

along with the Prince of Wales.

Meghan Markle has said some of the

0:25:150:25:20

campaigns she has already been

involved with in the past have been

0:25:200:25:22

in Commonwealth countries such as

Rwanda. Fairly new member of the

0:25:220:25:28

Commonwealth and of course India

which has been in the Commonwealth

0:25:280:25:32

for a long time.

The great thing

about Commonwealth, it spans all

0:25:320:25:38

continents and all religious faiths.

And that emphasis on use which I

0:25:380:25:46

think we'll be on the minds of this

younger generation of the Royal

0:25:460:25:49

Family who I now doing a lot of that

oversees work but once upon a time

0:25:490:25:54

the Queen would have done.

The Duke

still speaking to Joseph Muscat and

0:25:540:26:06

his wife, the Prime Minister of

Malta. The director of the Royal

0:26:060:26:12

Commonwealth Society there.

0:26:120:26:20

Commonwealth Society there. The Duke

and Duchess of Cambridge have

0:26:200:26:23

carried out overseas visits on

behalf of the Queen including

0:26:230:26:26

Commonwealth countries, Canada,

Australia and New Zealand.

0:26:260:26:36

Australia and New Zealand.

Waiting

for the arrival of the Prince of

0:26:360:26:40

Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Taking a look at those dancers from

0:26:400:26:48

Ghana.

Here they are. Environmental

issues is something the Prince of

0:26:480:26:59

Wales is passionate about and of

course that is a big thing for the

0:26:590:27:02

Commonwealth.

Over the years the

Commonwealth has reflected and very

0:27:020:27:05

much applauded a lot of his

initiatives to do with the

0:27:050:27:09

environment. 24 Commonwealth nations

are small island states and very

0:27:090:27:15

vulnerable to environmental change.

The Prince attuned to their

0:27:150:27:21

concerns. He has visited 43

Commonwealth countries and most

0:27:210:27:26

recently Malaysia and Antigua and

Barbuda.

He was out in Asia towards

0:27:260:27:33

the end of last year and went to

India as well on that tour. As ever

0:27:330:27:40

very much representing the Queen,

supporting her work and at the same

0:27:400:27:46

time talking a lot about the core

concerns of the Commonwealth, young

0:27:460:27:53

people, environmental problems in

the future.

Her Majesty the Queen

0:27:530:27:59

has arrived outside.

0:27:590:28:08

FANFARE

0:28:320:28:40

Fanfare from the state trumpeters of

the Household Cavalry. The Queen

0:28:520:28:58

entering Westminster Abbey. And from

the beginning she has shown a huge

0:28:580:29:02

commitment to the Commonwealth and

she seems really to be enjoying

0:29:020:29:07

herself already today.

I think that

the Queen you could say is the

0:29:070:29:12

Commonwealth. Greeting people that

she meets every year at this event.

0:29:120:29:16

An event that she herself has

created. She has not missed a

0:29:160:29:21

service since 1986 and only then

because she was on tour at the time

0:29:210:29:26

for stop her first footstep abroad

was in the heart of the Commonwealth

0:29:260:29:30

when she went to Africa in 1947 with

her father put up she has held this

0:29:300:29:35

organisation together. Going from

eight nations to what it is today,

0:29:350:29:40

53. People will be well aware that

if not for her this organisation

0:29:400:29:46

might not even be here today.

There

is a quote from Winston Churchill

0:29:460:29:51

when he was Prime Minister, she was

already the Queen and he said the

0:29:510:29:55

monarch is the magic link uniting

are loosely bound but strongly

0:29:550:30:00

interwoven Commonwealth. I think

that has deepened over the years.

I

0:30:000:30:05

think so. It is often said that she

is the group holding them together.

0:30:050:30:16

They are here, next, the national

anthem. The Grenadier Guards.

0:30:180:30:23

# God save our gracious Queen.

0:30:560:31:01

# Long live our noble Queen.

0:31:010:31:07

# God save the Queen.

0:31:070:31:14

# Send her victorious.

0:31:140:31:22

# Happy and glorious.

0:31:220:31:27

# Long to reign over us.

0:31:270:31:35

# God save the Queen #.

0:31:370:31:43

The processional hymn.

0:31:430:31:52

# O praise ye the Lord!

0:32:010:32:07

# Praise Him in the height.

0:32:070:32:11

# Rejoice in His Word,

ye angels of light.

0:32:110:32:18

# Ye heavens, adore Him

by whom ye were made.

0:32:180:32:25

# And worship before Him

in brightness arrayed.

0:32:250:32:33

# O praise ye the Lord!

0:32:340:32:38

# Praise Him upon earth.

0:32:380:32:43

# In tuneful accord,

ye sons of new birth.

0:32:430:32:51

# Praise Him who hath brought

you His grace from above.

0:32:510:32:59

# Praise Him who hath taught

you to sing of His love.

0:33:000:33:08

# O praise ye the Lord!

0:33:090:33:13

# All things that give sound.

0:33:130:33:17

# Each jubilant chord

re-echo around.

0:33:170:33:25

# Loud organs, His glory

forth tell in deep tone.

0:33:250:33:33

# And sweet harp, the story

of what He hath done.

0:33:330:33:41

# O praise ye the Lord!

0:33:430:33:47

# Thanksgiving and song.

0:33:470:33:53

# To Him be outpoured

all ages along!

0:33:530:33:55

# For love in creation,

for Heaven restored.

0:34:000:34:07

# For grace of salvation,

O praise ye the Lord!

0:34:070:34:15

# O praise ye the Lord

0:34:210:34:29

On behalf of the Dean and Chapter,

I welcome you warmly to

0:35:570:36:00

Westminster Abbey, for our

annual celebration of the

0:36:000:36:02

Commonwealth.

0:36:020:36:03

This year we look together

Towards a Common Future, in which

0:36:030:36:05

all can flourish and become

what we are in the care and

0:36:050:36:08

keeping of almighty God.

0:36:080:36:11

As we give thanks for our

rich diversity and for

0:36:110:36:16

our common humanity,

let us pray together

0:36:160:36:21

for peace and unity,

and that we may

0:36:210:36:23

offer one another mutual

friendship and support.

0:36:230:36:28

First, in the words of Jesus,

let us pray for the coming of

0:36:280:36:33

God's kingdom.

0:36:330:36:36

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

0:36:360:36:40

thy kingdom come; thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

0:36:400:36:44

Give us this day our daily bread.

0:36:440:36:48

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

0:36:480:36:50

who trespass against us.

0:36:500:36:54

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

0:36:540:37:00

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory,

0:37:000:37:02

for ever and ever.

0:37:020:37:03

Amen.

0:37:030:37:10

Now with their own special welcome,

the London Maori choir.

0:37:150:37:29

CONCH BLOWING.

0:37:320:37:40

APPLAUSE

0:40:450:40:50

The moment that you realise that

true contentment can be found

0:40:590:41:03

when you serve others,

all other desires will seem so small

0:41:030:41:09

The moment you see joy

in another beings eyes

0:41:090:41:13

because of your own selfless

actions, life starts

0:41:130:41:16

to make a lot more sense.

0:41:160:41:22

The moment that you begin to act

as the reflection of the visions

0:41:220:41:26

you have for a better world,

things will begin to change.

0:41:260:41:34

The moment you recognise

your responsibility

0:41:370:41:40

for the betterment of others,

you'll see such a beauty in life.

0:41:400:41:42

The moment you recognise that

you will make more of an impact

0:41:420:41:46

by being righteous than always

being right, rewards

0:41:460:41:52

will come and fall into your lap.

0:41:520:41:59

The moment you are more

concerned about learning

0:41:590:42:01

to love than to be loved,

positive emotions of oceanic

0:42:010:42:03

depths will engulf you.

0:42:030:42:11

The moment you are more concerned

about understanding others

0:42:160:42:18

than being understood,

your mind will truly begin to learn.

0:42:180:42:26

The moment that we realise

that our enemies are not

0:42:300:42:33

physical flesh and blood yet

they are our thoughts,

0:42:330:42:35

peace will begin on conquer.

0:42:350:42:39

The moment we overcome

your inner enemies

0:42:390:42:41

rather than deflecting on others,

meriment will come find you.

0:42:410:42:48

The moment that you learn how

to listen rather than always

0:42:480:42:52

try to be heard, you will hear

languages you thought your

0:42:520:42:55

mind couldn't fathom.

0:42:550:43:03

The moment you realise that life

will always be about mastering

0:43:030:43:06

and relearning and conquering

and climbing, your journey

0:43:060:43:08

will begin to feel so smooth.

0:43:080:43:12

The moment you allow yourself

to believe that we can change this

0:43:120:43:14

world for the better,

we will do it.

0:43:140:43:19

Because life is but these

moments where we learn,

0:43:190:43:22

change, grow and give.

0:43:220:43:25

So go live your moments.

0:43:250:43:30

Thank you.

0:43:300:43:36

Inspiring words from Jaspreet Kaur,

a well deserved applause. Next, a

0:43:360:43:42

modern choral anthem.

0:43:420:43:49

By the grace given to me I say

to everyone among you not to think

0:48:420:48:45

of yourself more highly

than you ought to think,

0:48:450:48:49

but to think with sober judgement,

each according to the measure

0:48:490:48:52

of faith that God has assigned.

0:48:520:48:57

For as in one body we have many

members, and not all the members

0:48:570:49:03

have the same function, so we,

who are many, are one body

0:49:030:49:06

in Christ, and individually

we are members one of another.

0:49:060:49:14

We have gifts that differ according

to the grace given to us: prophecy,

0:49:140:49:20

in proportion to faith; ministry,

in ministering; the teacher,

0:49:200:49:25

in teaching; the exhorter,

in exhortation; the giver,

0:49:250:49:30

in generosity; the leader,

in diligence; the compassionate,

0:49:300:49:36

in cheerfulness.

0:49:360:49:41

Let love be genuine; hate

what is evil, hold fast

0:49:410:49:45

to what is good; love one another

with mutual affection; outdo one

0:49:450:49:49

another in showing honour.

0:49:490:49:54

Do not lag in zeal, be ardent

in spirit, serve the Lord.

0:49:540:50:00

Rejoice in hope, be patient

in suffering, persevere in prayer.

0:50:000:50:08

Contribute to the needs

of the saints; extend

0:50:090:50:12

hospitality to strangers.

0:50:120:50:20

Just below the monument to Isaac

Newton now Liam Payne is going to

0:50:220:50:30

sing.

0:50:300:50:35

sing. Waiting on the World to

Change.

0:50:400:50:46

# Me and all my friends.

0:50:460:50:48

# So misunderstood.

0:50:480:50:50

# They say we stand for nothing.

0:50:500:50:53

# And there's no way we ever could.

0:50:530:50:57

# Now we see everything

that's going wrong.

0:50:570:50:59

# With the world and

those who lead it.

0:50:590:51:03

# We just feel like we

don't have the means.

0:51:030:51:06

# To rise above and beat it.

0:51:060:51:08

# So we keep waiting.

0:51:080:51:10

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:51:100:51:13

# We keep on waiting.

0:51:130:51:16

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:51:160:51:20

# It's hard to beat the system.

0:51:200:51:22

# When we're standing at a distance.

0:51:220:51:25

# So we keep waiting.

0:51:250:51:28

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:51:280:51:32

# Now if we had the power.

0:51:320:51:34

# To bring our neighbours

home from war.

0:51:340:51:38

# They would have never

missed a Christmas.

0:51:380:51:40

# No more ribbons on their door.

0:51:400:51:44

# And when you trust

your television.

0:51:440:51:47

# What you get is what you got.

0:51:470:51:49

# Cos when they own the information.

0:51:490:51:53

# Oh they can bend it all they want.

0:51:530:51:55

# That's why we're waiting.

0:51:550:51:58

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:51:580:52:01

# We keep on waiting.

0:52:010:52:03

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:52:030:52:07

# It's not that we don't care.

0:52:070:52:11

# We just know that

the fight ain't fair.

0:52:110:52:13

# So we keep on waiting.

0:52:130:52:15

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:52:150:52:23

# Mmm.

0:52:230:52:29

# Ooooo.

0:52:290:52:30

# Yeah.

0:52:300:52:35

# Ooooo.

0:52:350:52:38

# Ooooooo.

0:52:380:52:40

# Ooooo.

0:52:400:52:41

# Yeah.

0:52:410:52:46

# That's why we're waiting.

0:52:460:52:47

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:52:470:52:50

# We keep on waiting.

0:52:500:52:53

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:52:530:52:56

# One day our generation.

0:52:560:52:59

# Is gonna rule the population.

0:52:590:53:02

# So we keep on waiting.

0:53:020:53:05

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:53:050:53:08

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:53:080:53:11

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:53:110:53:15

# Waiting on the world to change.

0:53:150:53:18

#.

0:53:180:53:25

APPLAUSE

0:53:250:53:33

Mama Philip was 80 years old.

0:53:360:53:39

When I first met her in Kenya

she had been blind for 20 years,

0:53:390:53:42

and was dependent on her son Philip.

0:53:420:53:44

Living an hour's walk

from the nearest road,

0:53:440:53:46

she was unable to walk

or cook for herself.

0:53:460:53:50

Her family thought she had dementia.

0:53:500:53:53

When people lose their eyesight,

they often lose their independence,

0:53:530:53:56

their dignity, and their capacity

to be a productive

0:53:560:53:58

member of the community.

0:53:580:54:02

A healthcare worker

examined Mama Philip

0:54:020:54:04

and referred her to our clinic.

0:54:040:54:07

When I examined her I realised her

problem was not dementia -

0:54:070:54:10

it was cataract, a curable

condition.

0:54:100:54:12

And yet, she had lost two

decades of her life.

0:54:120:54:17

Sadly her story is not unique.

0:54:170:54:20

85 Million people across

the Commonwealth are blind

0:54:200:54:22

or have very poor sight.

0:54:220:54:29

Four in five unnecessarily

so, like Mama Philip

0:54:290:54:31

they have a treatable condition.

0:54:310:54:32

I could have been one of them.

0:54:320:54:34

I was diagnosed with severe visual

impairment at the age of 12,

0:54:340:54:37

but I had access to simple

treatment, a pair of glasses.

0:54:370:54:41

I'll never forget the

moment I tried them on.

0:54:410:54:44

For the first time,

I saw leaves on trees.

0:54:440:54:51

I saw stars in the night sky.

0:54:510:54:53

It was breath-taking.

0:54:530:54:54

What else had I been missing?

0:54:540:54:56

It turned out a lot.

0:54:560:54:58

With that simple pair

of glasses my education,

0:54:580:55:00

social life and hopes for the future

changed dramatically, in fact,

0:55:000:55:04

the entire trajectory

of my life changed.

0:55:040:55:08

I knew from a young age

that the opportunities

0:55:080:55:11

I had were not universal.

0:55:110:55:14

It ignited a fire in me,

which led me to become a doctor,

0:55:140:55:17

then an eye surgeon.

0:55:170:55:19

In 2012 I left my role in the NHS

and with my wife and our baby son

0:55:190:55:23

we moved to Kenya to set up

100 eye clinics.

0:55:230:55:27

It was tough.

0:55:270:55:29

We'd work day and night examining

and treating everyone we could,

0:55:290:55:33

but it soon became clear it

would never be enough.

0:55:330:55:36

Something needed to change.

0:55:360:55:39

With our team in Kenya,

we began building smartphone apps

0:55:390:55:43

and devices that made it possible

for a non-specialist

0:55:430:55:46

to measure someone's vision,

see inside their eye and connect

0:55:460:55:48

them to the right services.

0:55:480:55:55

Our first trial saw 25 teachers

screen 21,000 children,

0:55:550:55:58

identifying 900 with visual

impairment in just 9 days.

0:55:580:56:00

This work was replicated and refined

in India and then in Botswana,

0:56:000:56:03

which is now set to screen and treat

every school child in the country

0:56:030:56:07

by 2020 - a world first.

0:56:070:56:11

An entire generation

of school children will have

0:56:110:56:14

access to good eye health

and all the opportunities it brings.

0:56:140:56:19

Advances in technology,

treatment and public

0:56:190:56:21

health mean that for most,

poor vision and blindness no longer

0:56:210:56:23

need to be a life sentence.

0:56:230:56:27

For the first time in human history,

it is within our power to eliminate

0:56:270:56:30

avoidable blindness and poor vision,

for everybody, everywhere.

0:56:300:56:35

Every country in the Commonwealth

has the opportunity to transform

0:56:350:56:38

their citizens' eye health,

in a matter of years,

0:56:380:56:40

not generations.

0:56:400:56:43

But no country can do this alone.

0:56:430:56:46

Our work wouldn't be possible

without collaboration

0:56:460:56:48

from our friends and partners

in Kenya, India,

0:56:480:56:50

Botswana and beyond.

0:56:500:56:52

That is why the Commonwealth

is so important -

0:56:520:56:54

we have a shared history,

but more importantly

0:56:540:56:57

we have a shared future.

0:56:570:56:59

By working together,

we can make that future better

0:56:590:57:02

for millions of citizens

across the Commonwealth,

0:57:020:57:05

and across the world.

0:57:050:57:07

At a time where there

is such focus on division,

0:57:070:57:09

vision can unite all of us.

0:57:090:57:12

That's why, inspired

by the leadership shown in Botswana

0:57:120:57:15

and by the commitment of many

others, leading eye health

0:57:150:57:19

organisations and banks

are establishing a $1

0:57:190:57:21

Billion Catalyst Fund to enable

all Commonwealth countries to move

0:57:210:57:25

towards universal eye health.

0:57:250:57:30

The Commonwealth can be an example

to the world of what is possible

0:57:300:57:33

when we unite around a cause.

0:57:330:57:36

When we do, we will hear

more and more stories

0:57:360:57:38

like that of Mama Philip,

the lady who'd been

0:57:380:57:40

blind for 20 years.

0:57:400:57:43

Her surgery was a success.

0:57:430:57:46

She looked years younger,

and was no longer displaying

0:57:460:57:48

any signs of dementia.

0:57:480:57:51

Later that day we took her home.

0:57:510:57:53

We watched the sheer wonder

as she took in her surroundings,

0:57:530:57:57

then the anticipation to see faces

that had become voices,

0:57:570:58:04

as we arrived,

0:58:040:58:07

a man was stood at her

door, expectantly.

0:58:070:58:09

After what seemed like an eternity,

she looked intensely at a scene that

0:58:090:58:12

looked so familiar yet different

and eventually asked, "Philip,

0:58:120:58:14

my son, is that you?"

0:58:140:58:20

Moments later they embraced

and the community celebrated.

0:58:200:58:24

We can be that community.

0:58:240:58:32

More music now from the Portsmouth

gospel choir.

0:58:350:58:42

# Don't trouble the water.

0:58:500:58:52

# Leave it alone.

0:58:520:58:54

# Why don't you.

0:58:540:58:55

# Why don't you.

0:58:550:58:56

# Let it be.

0:58:560:59:00

# Still waters run deep.

0:59:000:59:02

# Yes they do.

0:59:020:59:05

# Oh.

0:59:050:59:06

# Yes.

0:59:060:59:14

# Don't trouble the water.

0:59:140:59:22

# Oh the troubled water.

0:59:310:59:39

# I'm on your side.

0:59:430:59:45

# When times get rough.

0:59:450:59:46

# And friends just can't be found.

0:59:460:59:47

# Like a bridge.

0:59:470:59:49

# Like a bridge.

0:59:490:59:51

# Just like a bridge

over troubled waters.

0:59:510:59:53

# I will lay me down.

0:59:530:59:56

# Like a bridge.

0:59:560:59:58

# Like a bridge.

0:59:581:00:02

# Just like a bridge

over troubled waters.

1:00:021:00:05

# I'm gonna lay me down, me down.

1:00:051:00:08

# Don't trouble the water.

1:00:081:00:09

# Leave it alone.

1:00:091:00:12

# Why don't you.

1:00:121:00:13

# Why don't you.

1:00:131:00:14

# Let it be.

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# Still waters run deep.

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# Yes they do.

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# Oh.

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# Yes.

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# Don't trouble the water.

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# Still waters run deep.

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# Oooo.

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# Troubled water.

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# Ahh.

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# Troubled water.

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# Ahh.

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# Don't trouble the water.

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# Don't trouble the water.

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# Leave it alone.

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# Why don't you.

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# Why don't you.

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# Let it be.

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# Still waters run deep.

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# Yes they do.

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# Oh.

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# Yes.

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# Yes they do.

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# Oh.

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# Yes.

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# Yes they do.

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# Oh.

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# Yes.

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From that brilliant performance to a

much more traditional hymn, Lord Of

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All Hopefulness.

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# Lord of all hopefulness.

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# Lord of all joy.

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# Whose trust ever childlike no

cares could destroy.

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# Be there at our waking

and give us we pray.

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# Your bliss in our hearts Lord.

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# At the break of the day.

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# Lord of all eagerness

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# Lord of all faith

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# Whose strong hands were skilled

at the plane and the lathe

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# Be there at our labours

and give us we pray

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# Your strength in our hearts Lord

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# At the noon of the day

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# Lord of all kindliness

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# Lord of all grace

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# Your hands swift to welcome

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# Your arms to embrace

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# Be there at our homing

and give us we pray

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# Your love in our hearts Lord

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# At the eve of the day

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# Lord of all gentleness

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# Lord of all calm

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# Whose voice is contentment

whose presence is balm

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# Be there at our sleeping

and give us we pray

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# Your peace in our hearts Lord

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# At the end of the day #.

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Prayers now from six prayer leaders,

six different faiths.

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Gracious God, giver of real hope

and true peace; draw us

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all, in our wonderful diversity

of culture, language, and

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custom, deeper into your good

purposes for the whole

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of your creation.

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Help and strengthen us

by your Holy Spirit, as we desire

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and commit ourselves to protect

and care for this fragile

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planet and each other,

and as we seek a common future

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in which mercy and justice reign

and our world resembles more

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truly your kingdom of heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Amen.

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O Thou kind Lord!

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Thou hast created

all humanity from the

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same stock.

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Thou hast decreed that all shall

belong to the same household.

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In thy holy presence

they are all thy servants,

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and all mankind are sheltered

beneath thy tabernacle;

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all have gathered together at thy

table of bounty; all are

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illumined through the light

of thy providence.

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Thou hast endowed each

and all with talents and faculties,

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and all are submerged in the ocean

of thy mercy.

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O thou kind Lord!

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Unite all.

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Let the religions agree

and make the nations one,

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so that they may see each other

as one family and the whole

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earth as one home.

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May they all live together

in perfect harmony.

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Eternal God, we pray for the coming

of the day when all your

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children will live together in peace

and friendship; when oppression,

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discrimination, and prejudice

will be relics of the past.

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May that day come soon:

when all men and women

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will know and understand

that they are brothers and sisters,

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and be united in humble reverence

before you, and in mutual

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love and respect.

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'How good it is, and how pleasant,

when sisters and brothers

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live together in

unity!'

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There are many prophets and many

religions, but God is one.

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There are many countries,

but the world is one.

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There are many races and

ethnicities, but humanity is one.

1:08:401:08:42

There are men and women,

but they are equal

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as both can think good,

speak good and do good.

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We must all strive to improve our

world and overcome evil.

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Today is better than yesterday,

and tomorrow will be better

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than today, because of our

cumulative goodness.

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And good deeds.

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God creates.

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As we are all children of God,

our cumulative goodness

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constantly increases

the power of God.

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Evil only destroys;

it cannot create.

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Therefore, it is finite

and will come to

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an end one day.

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O Lord, you are peace.

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From you is peace.

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You are blessed.

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O Sustainer, you are most high.

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O one of majesty and nobility,

you created us from one

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man and one woman.

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Had it been your will

you would have made us

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all the same, but you made us

into nations and tribes

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so that we may know each other.

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O magnificent Creator; enable us

to respect and celebrate

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the diversity you have created.

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Join together all our hearts

as one; free us from fear,

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hunger, disease, and war.

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O loving Creator; we ask you to

answer our prayer through your

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grace and your mercy, amin.

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Almighty God, we pray

for those who face challenges

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across the Commonwealth,

and for a safe and prosperous

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future that provides hope,

especially for its young people.

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In the face of these challenges,

we pray for the courage to entrust

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ourselves into your faithful hands,

knowing that this is our

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most secure place.

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As we gather to pray

for the shared vision

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of our diverse family,

we thank you for our

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Commonwealth under the faithful

stewardship of Her Majesty

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The Queen.

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May she, The Royal Family,

and all who share in

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this responsibility, be guided

by you, and be rewarded for

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their steadfastness and commitment.

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Let us now

stand to pledge ourselves afresh

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to uphold and serve the values

and fellowship of the Commonwealth.

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We affirm that every person

possesses unique worth and dignity.

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We affirm our respect for nature,

and that we will be stewards

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of the earth by caring for every

part of it, and for it as a whole.

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We affirm our belief in justice

for everyone, and peace

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between peoples and nations.

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Joining together in kinship

and affinity as members of one

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worldwide Commonwealth family,

we acknowledge our shared

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inheritances, and celebrate

the goodwill and mutual respect

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which inspire us to work with one

another towards a common

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future that is fairer,

more secure, more prosperous,

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and more sustainable

for the good of all.

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ALL: We affirm our belief

in the Commonwealth as a force

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for good in the world and pledge

ourselves to its service,

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now and for the future.

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# Guide me O Thou great Redeemer

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# Pilgrim through this barren land

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# I am weak but Thou art mighty

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# Hold me with Thy pow'rful hand

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# Bread of heaven

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# Bread of heaven

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# Feed me till I want no more!

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# Want no more

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# Feed me till I want no more!

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# Open now the crystal fountain

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# Whence the healing

stream doth flow

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# Let the fire and cloudy pillar

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# Lead me all my journey through

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# Strong Deliv'rer, strong Deliv'rer

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# Be Thou still my

Strength and Shield!

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# Strength and shield

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# Be Thou still my

Strength and Shield!

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# When I tread the verge of Jordan

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# Bid my anxious fears subside

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# Death of death and

hell's Destruction

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# Land me safe on Canaan's side

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# Songs of praises

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# Songs of praises

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# I will ever give to Thee!

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# Give to thee

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# I will ever give to Thee!

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#.

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God grant to the living grace;

to the departed rest; to the

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Church, The Queen, the Commonwealth,

and all mankind, peace

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and concord; and to us sinners life

everlasting: and the blessing of God

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Almighty, the Father,

the Son, and the

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Holy Spirit, be among

you and remain with you always.

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Amen.

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The service is now ending up another

Commonwealth Day service. Shortly

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the Royal party will be moving

slowly towards the doors. Robert is

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with me. It seemed to me to be a big

day for the Queen in her calendar.

I

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think she will have loved every

minute of the this is an event that

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she created herself. It used to be

called observant but now it is

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celebration and that came true in

the music and the atmosphere. Many

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of those small moments that lifted

it.

We had some contrasts and a bit

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of fun as well.

There's always a bit

of fun in this event, quite unlike

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any other held in Westminster Abbey

or indeed any cathedral in the UK.

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It is why that this event is unique.

Part of the fact is there are so

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many children, more than 700. We saw

someone smiling, or even yawning.

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You do not know what children are

going to do but that is part of the

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fun of it. And the Queen likes to

have a young congregation. She does

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not want the full state occasion.

As

ever Queen on this day has issued a

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message. Some important points from

that include the Queen saying shared

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inheritance help but to overcome

difference. Of course there has been

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quite a bit of difference in the

Commonwealth but we do have things

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in common so it is diversity rather

than division. And she also spoke of

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the positive potential friendly

rivalry and of course that will be

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happening in Australia next month.

Absolutely. April we have the

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Commonwealth Games and the

Commonwealth summit all actor back.

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And Australia is going to be a

fabulous games. The last ones took

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place in Glasgow in 2014, a

magnificent games. In 2002 we have

1:22:551:23:04

brilliant games in Manchester. That

really convinced the International

1:23:041:23:09

Olympic Committee that the UK could

put on an Olympics. So the

1:23:091:23:15

Commonwealth Games have a great

future both here and in Australia.

1:23:151:23:18

Now the Prince of Wales will be

going over to open the games, a bit

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far for the Queen these days. But

there has been talk about Prince

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Charles becoming head of the

Commonwealth when his time comes.

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Well the headship of the

Commonwealth is not hereditary or

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automatic, it never has been. It is

down to the heads of government.

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They effectively endorsed the Queen

as head of the Commonwealth and it

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will be down to them but frankly

there is no one better placed to

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stand in the Queen on occasions like

the opening of the Commonwealth

1:23:531:23:57

Games. With the exception of the

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh who

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sadly cannot be here today although

I'm sure he will be watching on

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television. But apart from them no

one knows the Commonwealth like the

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Prince of Wales. All the leaders I

have spoken to or all of the opinion

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that he is the perfect man to step

in.

The Queen looking very happy and

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now meeting some of those people who

took part in the service. Like Dr

1:24:231:24:28

Andrew Bastawrous, and he is the man

who is trying to do all that he can

1:24:281:24:33

to eradicate unnecessary blindness.

And that is Jaspreet Kaur who

1:24:331:24:41

performed her poem and the message

of that was that small changes can

1:24:411:24:47

bring on big differences.

1:24:471:24:57

Esther Jessup, the honorary

president of that Maori choir. She

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was also singing. And of course Liam

Payne who performed during the

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service.

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Outside London beckons. A big month

and a half of Commonwealth activity

1:25:341:25:39

coming up. The 11-year-old posy

bearer for the Queen. From the

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Westminster Bangladeshi Association.

She did not have far to come, local

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girl.

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girl. A few of the ladies have their

flowers.

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flowers. The Queen has had broad

smile on her face through all of

1:26:091:26:14

this. The younger generation of the

Royal Family as well speaking to

1:26:141:26:20

those who took part in the service.

It is going to the remarkable few

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weeks, not just for the Commonwealth

of the Royal Family as well. We have

1:26:261:26:29

the Commonwealth Games, the

Commonwealth summit and also a royal

1:26:291:26:33

baby and Royal Wedding. It reminds

me of the summer of 2012 and the

1:26:331:26:41

Diamond Jubilee. It has been a very

special day for the Queen to have

1:26:411:26:46

all her family here at this event

and in many ways it kick-starts what

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will be a remarkable few royal

weeks.

The choir there who has ever

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did a fabulous job. And behind them

the flag bearers of all the

1:26:571:27:02

Commonwealth countries. A lot of

chatter still going on inside the

1:27:021:27:06

Abbey. The Duchess of Cambridge

speaking to Liam Payne. I wonder

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what they are talking about. There

they are outside.

1:27:101:27:21

It is not the end of things for the

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, since

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Harry and Meghan Markle, because

they are going to be meeting some

1:27:281:27:33

schoolchildren next. In spite of

that rainfall I think everyone is

1:27:331:27:38

leaving with a touch of spring about

them.

1:27:381:27:44

This wasn't a solemn state

occasion of the kind

1:27:441:27:46

that Westminster Abbey has

witnessed for centuries.

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It was a dignified celebration

of an association of very different

1:27:471:27:50

states.

1:27:501:27:51

And that's appropriate.

1:27:511:27:52

The Commonwealth's

strength is its diversity.

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Some of that will be on display

in a couple of weeks when

1:27:541:27:57

the Commonwealth Games

open in Australia.

1:27:571:27:58

After that Commonwealth heads

of government meet here in London.

1:27:581:28:04

Those are probably its best

known set piece events.

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But it needs to be about more

than sport and summits.

1:28:081:28:11

If the Commonwealth's

going to prosper, it needs to agree

1:28:111:28:14

shared objectives - and then use

the weight of more than one

1:28:141:28:17

third of the world's population

to make this planet better.

1:28:171:28:25

After all, at a time when the world

is an uncertain place,

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it's good to have friends.

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Live from Westminster Abbey in London, Her Majesty the Queen is joined by senior members of the royal family to lead a service of celebration for Commonwealth Day. The service features readings and live music, including a performance from former One Direction member Liam Payne.