The Association of Commonwealth Universities, of with Her Royal Highness is Patron, has published its brand new strategy report – The road to 2030: building a better world through higher education. The Duchess wrote an introduction message which you can read below (the full report is available here:
As Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), it brings me incredible pride to support a network of universities each aligned with the shared goal of enabling students worldwide to maximise their potential through access to higher education. The experience of attending university allows students to graduate into the world with the social skills and intellectual prowess that will set them up for greater success; that happens not simply on a micro level in their own lives, but on a macro level. The choices they make and challenges they endeavour to overcome create deep and meaningful global impact.
It is important to note that for many young people around the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, the opportunity to achieve their full potential through education can simply feel out of reach. Whether it is cost prohibitive or that the cultural stigma in their specific community restricts their ability to attend by virtue of their gender, race, or creed – the ACU seeks to break through these boundaries and enable all curious minds the opportunity to whet their appetites for the experiential value of higher learning.
In many territories throughout the world, a university education is the key to ending poverty by empowering students to generate incomes for their families and wider communities, as well as securing their own futures. It is only right then that the ACU plays a critical role in making this happen; this esteemed network supports universities and students to open doors that have otherwise been closed, and in doing so to open minds as well.
I am inspired by the students of today, by their vision and ambition for positive change, and by their understanding of the powerful role higher education can play to create a brighter future. The Commonwealth’s young people are an incredible asset, and it is vital that we invest in them.
The Royal Family, in particular Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have expressed their sadness and horror over the New Zealand terrorist attack against the Muslim community in Christchurch. You can find the Queen’s statement on this link and the Prince of Wales/Duchess of Cornwall on this link.
Message to the people of New Zealand from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.
We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.
No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.
We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.
We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.
The Royal Family has given more information about Harry & Meghan’s departure from Kensington Palace.
The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.
The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017. This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.
The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace. Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to The Queen’s Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe. Kensington Palace will continue to support Their Royal Highnesses until that team is in place.
Source : Royal Communications
On March 11th, The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth celebrated Commonwealth Day. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended two engagements to celebrate this special day. First, they visited Canada House to meet young Canadians who live and work in the UK. The couple learned more about Canadian traditions, such as making maple taffy (candy made of maple syrup on a stick or in the snow in some Canadian regions), they met Canadians working in different areas such as fashion, business or arts. Harry & Meghan were given some gifts for Baby Sussex – a onesie and some baby shoes – before they left. The Duchess celebrated Canada by wearing a Canadian brand, Erdem. VIDEO – VIDEO
In the afternoon, the Royal Family attended the annual Commonwealth Day Observance Service at Westminster Abbey. Were present: Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex and The Duke of York. This service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK, with a procession of flags from all 53 countries who are part of the Commonwealth. This year’s theme was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, marrking the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. FULL SERVICE
Earlier today, The Duchess of Sussex visited King’s College in London to join a panel discussion on International Women’s Day. Convened by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (of which Meghan is the Vice-President), this panel aimed to discuss a range of topics such as education, the importance of boys & men being included in gender equality/the conversation and how social media can play an important part. Among the panel were Annie Lennox (founder of The Circle), Adwoa Aboah (founder of Gurls Talk), Julia Gillard (Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London), Chrisann Jarrett (Founder of Let us Learn and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of CAMFED in Africa & CAMA). VIDEO – VIDEO – VIDEO
Some quotes of the Duchess of Sussex – Source : The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
The Duchess, newly appointed Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, said: “Inequality is a global issue, so we’re all experiencing the same issues in different ways. As a united force, we have to tackle this. We have to see it as a global challenge that we’re all looking to solve. When women miss out on careers, education or opportunities because of the system that they live in, we all suffer. It affects everything.”
The Duchess of Sussex also discussed what first motivated her to become a passionate advocate for women’s rights, stating “at age 11, I saw a commercial on television that struck me as wrong and I complained to the station. I didn’t know why, but I knew something wasn’t right. Someone had to say something, so I thought ‘why not me?’ Since then, I’ve always believed that you have to speak up when you see injustice. I’m thrilled that my role in the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust allows me to do this.”