Britain’s Queen Elizabeth urges for Commonwealth inclusivity
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has urged for inclusivity as she addressed the Commonwealth.
The 89-year-old royal spoke of the importance of “supporting those in need and those who feel excluded in all walks of life” in her message to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
She wrote: “Today, and in the year ahead, the theme ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ is an inspiration for us all.
“Let us give it practical effect by supporting those in need and those who feel excluded in all walks of life. By doing so, we will continue to build a truly representative Commonwealth community.”
The Queen went on to remind people of the Commonwealth Charter and “the wisdom of mutual respect for each other”.
She continued: “Each of us has cause to celebrate the sense of belonging expressed in our 2016 theme: An Inclusive Commonwealth. Our recognition of this value, and the wisdom of mutual respect for each other, is set out in the Commonwealth Charter. Its opening words, ‘We the people of the Commonwealth’ convey the conviction that individuals, as well as governments, build and shape our success.
“Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant. True celebration of the dignity of each person, and the value of their uniqueness and contribution, involves reaching out, recognising and embracing their individual identity.”