Future Queen Camilla, 74, was among numerous members of the Royal Family attending the event which marks Commonwealth Day. This celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations is marked annually on the second Monday in March.
The occasion is observed annually by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.
Last year, the Commonwealth Day service was cancelled for the first time in nearly half a century because of the Covid pandemic.
As a result, the Royal Family appeared on a special BBC programme to mark the occasion instead.
While, this year, members of the Firm were out in force to attend the multi-faith ceremony which paid particular attention to the theme of service, owing to Her Majesty celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.
Camilla’s appearance at this year’s event comes as a contrast to earlier this month when the Duchess and her husband Prince Charles made an emotional visit to the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.
Camilla was tearful for much of their visit, particularly when speaking with representatives of the UK’s Ukrainian community about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in their home country.
During the visit, Camilla broke from royal protocol to hug Inna Prystaiko, wife of Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko, who clearly looked emotional, before telling her: “We are praying for you”.
Camilla will become Queen Consort when her husband Prince Charles takes to the throne at the request of the Queen.
In a letter to mark her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen said: “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me, and it is my sincere wish, that when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
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