Sunday, 7 March 2021

A Celebration for Commonwealth Day: Duchess Kate Praises "Amazing" NHS

The Cambridges joined the Queen and other members of the Royal family for a special programme entitled A Celebration for Commonwealth Day, which aired on BBC One this evening. The programme saw the royals celebrate the day virtually as the annual service at Westminster Abbey had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

Buckingham Palace said, "The Commonwealth represents a global network of 54 countries, and a vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people. The Commonwealth theme for 2021 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', celebrating the Commonwealth countries’ united efforts to achieve their common goals, including protecting natural resources, boosting trade, and delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all."

The Cambridges spoke to charity and medical staff from Norfolk to hear more about their efforts over the past year. They heard how frontline workers were inspired to step up at a vital time for their communities, and the impact of their work amidst continuing challenges.

During the conversations the Duchess noted it is "sad, almost" that it has taken a global pandemic for the country to really rally round the "amazing" NHS. It's a feeling very much echoed on the ground, especially from those among us who have loved ones on the front line. The pandemic has served to highlight how invaluable the NHS is, and certainly opened discussion on areas within the service pre-pandemic, which went unsupported for too long. Kate made the remarks whilst speaking to healthcare worker campaigner Dr Zolelwa Sifumba, from South Africa, adding, "Here in the UK there’s been masses of public recognition of the amazing work the front line are doing and it's sad, almost, that it's taken the pandemic for the public to really back and support all those working on the front line." Dr Sifumba replied, "My advice to everybody is, if you know a healthcare worker, any healthcare worker, just love on them, love on them, love on them some more."

In her annual Commonwealth Day message, the Queen paid tribute to communities across all member nations who have pulled together throughout the crisis. Hailing the importance of "the spirit of unity" and "friendship", Her Majesty said, "Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory."

From Westminster Abbey, the Prince of Wales praised the "extraordinary determination and courage" demonstrated throughout the Commonwealth. Charles also celebrated the critical work being carried out by member nations to combat climate change and protect its unique landscapes, marine environments and biodiversity. "We have learned that human health, economic health and planetary health are fundamentally interconnected and that pandemics, climate change and biodiversity loss are existential threats which know no borders."

The Duchess of Cornwall spoke to Clare Balding about her passion for books and the importance of reading. "Books have been part of my life for so long. I started reading when I was very, very young with a father who was a fervent bibliophile. From the age of two or three he used to sit and read to us children, take us on wonderful adventures." Camilla started a virtual book club, the Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room at the beginning of the year. The Palace added, "Award winning teacher Ranjitsinh Disale joined the conversation in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner via video link from India to share the experiences of his own students in using literacy to boost confidence and expand their horizons while studying from home."

The Countess of Wessex spoke to women across the Commonwealth about the importance of supporting one another. The discussion marked both Commonwealth Day and International Women's Day.

The service can be viewed in its entirety here.

The Duchess wore her navy Emilia Wickstead dress -- first worn for the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in 2019.

Kate first sported the style in lavender and debuted it during an official visit to Germany.


It became so popular, the designer released it in three colours, aptly named 'Kate'. The £1,420 piece is described: "Emilia Wickstead's wool-crepe Kate dress is an elegantly versatile choice for the social season. It's tailored in the UK with a flattering boat neckline and long darts throughout the front and back of the bodice, then lined with black crepe to ensure a smooth fit."


Hello! shared an excellent Replikate for the dress - the Hobbs Lena dress. It's reduced to £69 at John Lewis.

Kate accessorised with a pair of pearl hoop earrings. There have been several solid suggestions, but no definitive ID yet.

18 comments:

  1. Very well done and lovely.

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  2. Zora from Prague7 March 2021 at 20:36

    I very much enjoyed watching the whole celebration ceremony! My favourite was the choir from New Zealand but there were a lot of amazing performances. The contributions from the royals were great - supportive and respectful. Thank you for the link, Charlotte! I'm not from a Commonwealth country but I'd like to wish the best to all who celebrate. Seeing such wonderful diversity and shared goodwill is very heart-warming!

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  3. The world needs more caring actions and supportive remarks right now. Thanks to the Royal Family for setting a positive example.

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    1. Caroline in Montana8 March 2021 at 21:42

      So true! so glad the BRF has these 2 class acts to set such a good example.

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  4. Celebrating the Commonwealth Day, sadly not all the 53 Nations could be together as it was in the passed. I love the dedication of the members of the RF. Love Dss Kates dress, looks lovely on her.

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  5. Thankyou for this wonderful post, I am looking forward to watching it on catch-up. It's always wonderful to see the royal family celebrating the commonwealth, the Queen always seems to be so happy when she attends the ceremony. Kate looks gorgeous as usual.

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  6. Beautiful and serene as ever. Catherine and William are always a joy to see. Their manners are so lovely.

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  7. This was a great post. I do have a question or observation. Duchess Kate looks a bit different to me, but I can't put my finger on it. Does anyone know if she has changed something--her hair, her makeup?? Thanks.

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    1. Hair more straight and behind the ears?

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    2. I know what you mean, and she does look really different. Perhaps she’s exhausted and wearing less makeup? She seems pale I think. The same with her hair, it is just pushed back. Maybe we underestimate how much work goes into her usual public look.

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  8. Susan in Florida8 March 2021 at 14:41

    The Duchess looks very relaxed when she does engagements from home. I’m guessing it’s less stress because she doesn’t need a security detail or people guiding her every moment. Thanks for posting the ceremony.

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  9. the duchess is so lovely and and caring at the same time I love the Queen speech

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  10. Hi Admin, Katie outfit today with Carmel Coat and new suede pumps, are possibly the Brown Stiletto Heel Court Shoe called Rebecca Saddle, by Emmy London. That is Katie go to shoe store/ site when she needs a pair of suede pumps to match a handbag that she has already. 🧑

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  11. Charlotte Thank you for the blog it is always marvellous. I have watched Catherine grow and develop her role with you since you started and I am so impressed at her grace and confidence. your blog is a wonderful space of calm in a crazy world. Well done you.
    Domna

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  12. Hi Charlotte, I just saw the update on The Duchess new Carmel color pumps that she wore this week with Carmel coat.
    They are Carmel color Jimmy Choo 85mm Suede Pumps from the Royal Fashion Police on Instagram 🧑

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  13. I have never posted before but I have read your blog since the day you started Duchess Kate. I absolutely love your blog on Kate. You are so wonderful in your research and the pictures are amazing. My question, Why are the comments activated on Mad About Meaghan but not on Duchess Kate.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much for your comments on the blog. It's been almost a decade now :)

      I turned the comments back on both blogs last night. There's a new post up with comments just published.

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