The Queen will celebrate Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey on 12 March 2012
In this year’s message, The Queen talks about the ‘extraordinary cultural tapestry’ of the ‘unique gathering of nations’ of the Commonwealth. Read the full message here.
The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth since 1952. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of this role.
Each year, Her Majesty attends the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London.
Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated throughout the Commonwealth on the second Monday in March.
The Queen attends an inter-denominational service held in Westminster Abbey, followed by a reception hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Modern communications technology allows The Queen to speak to every part of the Commonwealth through her annual Commonwealth Day messages.
Commonwealth Realms and other Commonwealth nations will be creating their own events in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
In addition, they will be represented at, and involved with, the events taking place over the central weekend in the UK.