Students at Rickmansworth School joined members of the Royal Family and other major public figures at a special service at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day.
Joining other schoolchildren and young people from across the UK, the event held in London was also attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Heads of State of various Commonwealth countries and various other specially invited guests.
Having been held continually since 1972, though moving online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Abbey’s Commonwealth Service celebrates the unity and diversity of the modern Commonwealth, as well as helping to foster better understanding of its role in the world.
Emily Bowman, a student at Rickmansworth School and a member of their eco-committee, said: “It was an honour to represent my school at the Commonwealth Ceremony. To be in the Abbey with such an abundance of incredible world leaders was remarkable; overall the experience was so wonderful.”
The assistant headteacher of Rickmansworth School, Richard Titley, added: ” The event was a wonderful celebration of the Commonwealth and we were delighted to have been invited, as many of our school community have links to the 54 member states.”