West Midlands youngsters attend King’s Westminster service.
++ Summit Learning Trust learners join Royal Commonwealth Day Service ++
Seventy West Midlands learners from Summit Learning Trust were honoured to attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey this week, which was attended by His Majesty King Charles, Camilla, the Queen Consort, and senior members of the Royal Family.
The learners, aged 5 to 15, who were drawn from across the Trust’s eight academies in Birmingham and Solihull, joined a 2000-strong congregation which included High Commissioners, senior political figures from the UK and the Commonwealth, faith leaders, and some of the home nations athletes who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year.
The annual service, organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, is held to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations and provides an opportunity to focus attention on this voluntary association of 56 countries and their commitment to promoting democracy, human rights, the rule of law and equality for its 2.5 billion citizens.
It marks the beginning of a week-long series of events and activities happening around the globe – including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies and cultural events.
The learners had the opportunity to listen to King Charles’ Commonwealth Day Message from the Great Pulpit of the Abbey.
Vince Green, Chief Executive Officer from Summit Learning Trust, added: “This is the second year that children and young people from our Trust family have been privileged to attend this very special event to celebrate the cultures and people from our Commonwealth countries. To do so alongside our King, Queen Consort and other members of our Royal Family was an amazing cultural experience for them all.”