On Sunday 17 March, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Cathedral was delighted to host a joyous celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the modern Commonwealth of Nations.  

With representatives from the High Commissions and students from the University of Hertfordshire parading the Commonwealth nations’ flags, we had representatives from 48 of the 56 member nations present. St Albans School, Tring Park School, Watford Music School and the London Gospel Community Choir offered wonderful music. The Lord Lieutenant read the King’s message and Lionel Wallace DL led us all in the Commonwealth Affirmation.  

In her homily Dean Jo reflected on the uncertain world of 1949 into which the London Declaration, a hope-filled vision for a shared future, was signed. So today, in our uncertain world, and noting the Commonwealth Leaders of Nations summit in October of this year, she reflected that we needed more than ever to commit ourselves, each of us and together, to our part in building ‘One Resilient Common Future’.