Every year, since 1977, on the second Monday of March, The Queen is part of Commonwealth Day celebrations in London.
She attends an inter-denominational service always held in Westminster Abbey, followed by a function hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Over the last few years, technology has allowed The Queen to speak to all corners of the Commonwealth when she delivers her Christmas and Commonwealth Day message.
These speeches are written by The Queen for her subjects, and are not drafted on ministerial service.
To read The Queen’s 2011 Commonwealth Day speech, click here.