On Monday 14th March, Goodenough College Members and staff were invited to Westminster Abbey for The Commonwealth Service 2016, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and Goodenough College Patron.
Director Andrew Ritchie, Dean Dr Alan McCormack, Registrar Caroline Persaud and 12 current Goodenough College Members attended the Service, “A Celebration of the Commonwealth”. Her Majesty The Queen was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and The Duke of York.
The Commonwealth Service is the UK’s largest multi-faith celebration, and each year includes a mix of testimonies, readings and musical performances. This year the keynote reflection was delivered by Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who spoke of the key role and unique place The Commonwealth holds within the international community. Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta and the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth delivered a reading and the Affirmation was read by His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma.
Sara Ezabe, a 19-year-old Maltese woman, and one of the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders, also addressed the congregation about her social media anti-discrimination campaign to combat racism, xenophobia and offer support to victims. The Queen’s Young Leaders will stay at the College in June this year.
The event was rounded off with a performance of “Fields of Gold” by popular singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding.
L-R: Stacee Smith (WGH 15-present), Malika Asthana (WGH 15-present), Adley Duncan (LH 15-present), Ray Chan (LH 14-present), Pujan Modi (LH 15-present), Ritvik Cavalho (LH 15-present), Natasha Shoory (LH 14-present), Inez Freein von Weitershausen (LH 11-present), Ruchi Kumari (LH 14-present), Tathagat Mukhopadhay (WGH 12-present), Caroline Persaud (Registrar), Esme Shirlow (WGH 14-present), Madushini Selvakumar (WGH 15-present).