On February 19, 2018, as part of London Fashion Week, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex co-hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for a new exhibition showcasing Commonwealth fashion and design
On February 19, 2018, as part of London Fashion Week, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex co-hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for a new exhibition showcasing Commonwealth fashion and design.
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange was created by Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and the founder of eco-philanthropy Eco-Age, Livia Firth, as an initiative to display and celebrate the cultures and design from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.
The Duchess and Countess hosted some of the world’s most-renowned designers and fashion editors, including Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Edward Enninful, Caroline Rush and Naomi Campbell.
The designs will be on display to the public until March 6 in order to garner recognition of the diversity and talent within the multi-cultural union of nations.
Meanwhile, The Times has reported that Prince Harry is taking on a `youth leadership’ role to make the Commonwealth `relevant to a younger generation’.
As a non-political position, it will give Prince Harry the opportunity to engage young people, who make up 60% of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion population, in the matters, principles and organisations within it.
He is also expected to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April as a Royal ambassador, and may possibly join his father Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, is similarly committed to supporting the citizens of the Commonwealth.
On February 14, she invited more than 200 guests to Buckingham Palace to attend the Commonwealth Diaspora Reception.
Attendees included Commonwealth citizens who have made a positive contribution to business, community and culture in the United Kingdom, as well as the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Gloucester.
As the Queen approaches her 92nd birthday, plans are also underway for a celebratory concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
The musical celebration will mark the end of what is expected to be her final meeting with the heads of Commonwealth governments at CHOGM in London.