Harry e Meghan. L’ultimo impegno

Harry e Meghan concludono gli impegni ufficiali in casa Windsor e lo fanno con i sorrisi di una coppia consapevole della bontà delle sue decisioni.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Cala quindi il sipario, con tutta la solennità del caso, in occasione della giornata di celebrazione del Commonwealth durante la quale i duchi di Sussex in veste di ‘membri senior’ della Royal Familys sono apparsi pubblicamente per l’ultima volta al fianco della regina e del resto della dinastia.

Un appuntamento suggellato dal rito religioso del Commonwealth Service, nella cornice maestosa dell’Abbazia di Westminster, svoltosi in pompa magna in barba all’emergenza coronavirus, che almeno per ora l’esecutivo conservatore sta affrontando con provvedimenti pubblici non troppo restrittivi.
Comunque l’appuntamento ha avuto il suo appeal, nonostante lo snellimento del corteo reale d’ingresso di cui proprio i Sussex hanno fatto le spese per primi con un’esclusione annunciata in mattinata, seguiti dai duchi di Cambridge, il principe William, fratello maggiore di Harry, e la consorte Kate.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily for the annual #CommonwealthDay Service at Westminster Abbey. The Commonwealth represents a global network of 54 countries working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals — the Commonwealth theme for 2020 is Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming. Her Majesty The Queen was 26 years old when she became Head of the Commonwealth in 1952 — important symbolic and unifying role. As Head, Her Majesty personally reinforces the links by which the Commonwealth joins people together from around the world. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, this year’s Service celebrated the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. #CommonwealthDelivers

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L’esclusione in extremis anche dei Cambridge non è stata spiegata da Buckingham Palace né da Kensington Palace. Non si sa sia dipesa dalla volontà di non far apparire isolati Harry e Meghan, da qualche recriminazione dello staff dei Sussex, da nuove regole d’etichetta o da altro.

Fra gli ultimi appuntamenti a cui Meghan e Harry hanno partecipato come membri della Royal Family, il Mountbatten Festival of Music al Royal Albert Hall, manifestazione celebrativa del 75esimo anniversario dalla fine della seconda guerra mondiale e l’ottantesimo dei Britain’s Commandos. Un lungo applauso e una standing ovation aveva accolto il principe Harry, in alta uniforme rossa nel ruolo di captain general of the Royal Marines e la duchessa di Sussex, vestita specularmente in red. Tutti i look adottati dalla coppia hanno raccolto l’unanime giudizio positivo di media e pubblico.