Observance Day

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2003 Nancy Wells


Every year in late March the Royal Commonwealth Society organises a ceremony called Commonwealth Observance Day.  The event celebrates the rich diversity of the Commonwealth nations with a magnificent ceremony in Westminster Abbey.  A young person representing each of the 54 nations of the commonwealth carries his or her national flag in the presence of the queen and members of the royal family, the high commissioners or representatives of each of the commonwealth countries, together with government ministers and a large crowd of visitors filling the abbey.  Every year those present are entertained by a selection of artists representing countries of the commonwealth.  Since 1986 the British Friends of Vanuatu, on behalf of the Vanuatu government, has both arranged the nomination and attendance of a young ni-Vanuatu national to carry the flag on behalf of their country, as well as representing Vanuatu at this prestigious event.