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Queen presides over Commonwealth for 'all walks of life'

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 01:03

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leads a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day, with this year's ''Inclusive Commonwealth'' theme targeted towards 'those in need'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's Queen Elizabeth has called on people in the Commonwealth to support "those in need and those who feel excluded in all walks of life" as the association of nations marked this year's Commonwealth Day. The Queen, her husband Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended a service at London's Westminster Abbey on Monday (March 14), where they were joined by dignitaries from the Commonwealth's 53 member states. The theme for this year is "An Inclusive Commonwealth." "Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant," the Queen wrote in her Commonwealth Day message, published in the ceremony's order of service. "True celebration of the dignity of each person, and the value of their uniqueness and contribution, involves reaching out, recognising and embracing their individual identity." Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan spoke at the service while singer Ellie Goulding performed the song "Fields of Gold". As she left the Abbey, one of the choir boys showed the Queen a framed picture of her horse, named "Choir Boy", that won the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June 1953. Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 90th birthday in April.

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Queen presides over Commonwealth for 'all walks of life'

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 01:03