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Bahamas High Commissioner Participates in Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey

H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner, participated in the annual Observance for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on Monday 10 March 2014.

This year's observance was held in the presence of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty the Queen, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.  Also in attendance at Monday's Observance were HRH The Prince of Wales; HRH The Duchess of Cornwall; and HRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex. 

Speakers at Monday's event included The Rt. Hon. Lord Coe, Chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games; Malala Yousafzai, a young person from Pakistan who since the age of ten has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education; and Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.  

Guests enjoyed performances by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra; the Pipe and Drums of Gordon's School, the Choir of Westminster Abbey; and the Visual Statement Dance Company.    

This year's Commonwealth theme 'Team Commonwealth', celebrates how fifty-three widely differing countries can be united in their shared values and work together to further common aims. 

As part of the Commonwealth Day Observance, the procession of Commonwealth flags were moved through the Abbey.  The High Commission in conjunction with the Royal Commonwealth Society identified Mr. Robert Keith, a young person of outstanding achievement to carry The Bahamas' flag at this year's Observance.  

High Commissioner Bethel with flag bearer Robert Keith outside Westminster Abbey on Monday March 10 following the annual Commonwealth Day Observance held in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.  Robert is the son of Mr and Mrs Robert Keith of London. Mrs Evadney Keith, a Medical Doctor, is originally from Grand Bahama. 

Photo Credit: BHC London