President Maithripala Sirisena, the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth attended the Commonwealth Observance Day held at the Marlborough House, London, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, yesterday (9). President Sirisena, Ms. Jayanthi Sirisena and Sri Lankan delegation were warmly welcomed at the venue.
Head of the Commonwealth Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip, dignitaries from other Commonwealth nations , Prince of Wales Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Prince William and Kate Middleton and other members of the Royal family attended the ceremony.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the host of the 2015 Commonwealth were also presented at the occasion.
The Commonwealth Day Observance of 2015 was held under the theme of "A Young Commonwealth". Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, the first female of speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh Dr Shirin Chaudhury MP and many others spoke at the event.
Queen Elizabeth II in her message to mark the event noted the advantages of mutual cooperation and understanding among the Commonwealth Nations, saying "In the Commonwealth we are a group of 53 nations of dramatically different sizes and climates. But over the years, drawing on our shared history, we have seen and acted upon the huge advantages of mutual cooperation and understanding, for the benefit of our countries and the people who live in them."
The Commonwealth Day Observance is the largest multi-faith celebration of the United Kingdom.
President Sirisena and Ms. Sirisena also attended the Commonwealth Observance - an inter-denominational service held at Westminster Abbey.
The bilateral discussions between President Sirisena and British Prime Minister David Cameron will be held this evening (March 10) followed by the All Party Group Meeting.
Her Majesty will host a dinner in honor of the Sri Lankan President at Buckingham Palace tomorrow.