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Royals honour Common people

SOPHIE the Countess of Wessex joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla were also present for the event in Westminster Abbey, attended by more than 1,000 schoolchildren. A packed abbey heard a range of contributions to celebrate the event, including a cover version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' sung by Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Earlier, the Abbey heard a recorded Commonwealth Day message from the queen. The Commonwealth theme this year 'Connecting Cultures' marks the queen's Diamond Jubilee with the Jubilee Time Capsule collecting memories from across the globe.

Irish Independent