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Queen Elizabeth and several other Royal Family members joined forces to mark this year's Commonwealth Day celebrations

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex appeared on BBC One's A Celebration for Commonwealth Day.

Usually, there is a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey to mark the occasion. With the ongoing pandemic, unfortunately, that would not be possible this year.

This year, a televised special would be all that was possible.

It would be remiss not to mention that this TV was aired at a concerning time for the Royal Family. With Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah looming, it is fair to say that perhaps this year's address was somewhat ominous compared to usual proceedings.

As most will be aware of by now, Harry and Meghan's interview revealed some shocking information about the alleged treatment they received by the family and has raised some very serious questions that will need to be answered in due time.

Prior to appearing on the airwaves, Buckingham Palace released a statement that said "In Her Majesty's annual Commonwealth Day message, the Queen will pay tribute to the way in which communities across the family of nations have come together in response to the pandemic."

Naturally, the pandemic played a huge role in Queen Elizabeth's speech. She said "Over the coming week as we celebrate the friendship spirit of unity and achievement of the Commonwealth we have an opportunity to reflect on the time like no other. While the experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services in their communities."

The Queen also payed homage to the innovative technology' that has allowed people to keep in touch over the course of the pandemic.

She also made sure to praise The Commonwealth, naturally. She said ""Looking forward, relationships with others across the Commonwealth will remain important as we strive to deliver a common future that is sustainable and more secure, so that the nations and neighborhoods in which we live, wherever they are located, become healthier and happier places for us all." 

Have a look at the full clip below, courtesy of the BBC.