The Queen leaves the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14th 2016
(photo BBC screen grab)
During the service, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, paid tribute to the Queen's work for the Commonwealth, speaking in his address of her 'steadfast devotion' and described the group as a 'confident, modern, multicultural and proudly inclusive organisation'. He thanked the Queen for her 'extraordinary commitment to its people.'
The procession of The Queen @wabbey #CommonwealthDay - the Commonwealth flag is escorted by a member of @Girlguiding https://t.co/WkQfXs42Yj— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) March 14, 2016
The service, which was also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duke of York, included songs from Ellie Goulding and contributions from some of the Queens Young Leaders as well as hymns and prayers. In one of her messages for Commonwealth Day, which this year took the theme of inclusiveness,the Queen said 'by including others, drawing on collective insights, knowledge and resources, and thinking and working together, we lay the foundations of a harmonious and progressive society.'
Following the service, the choirboys of Westminster Abbey presented the Queen with a specially made artwork commemorating her horse, Choir Boy, winning the Royal Hunt Cup Ascot in 1953.
William, Kate and Harry - all under the spotlight in recent times over rows about what have been seen as light workloads - spent a lot of time talking to schoolchildren who had come along to enjoy the celebrations.
The Commonwealth was formed in 1949 and is currently made up of 53 countries who all make a commitment to values including democracy and international peace and security. As the British Monarchy #HM90facts reminded us that same day, the Queen first toured the Commonwealth in 1953, just months after her Coronation, and has shown her commitment to it over the six decades and a bit of her reign.
HM's first Commonwealth tour began on 24 Nov 53, covering 12 countries and a distance of 43,618 miles #HM90facts pic.twitter.com/Dk4pH7Qfa5— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) March 14, 2016
As the preparations for her 90th birthday continue, that commitment stays the same.