The Commonwealth Service 2018: Schools' and Youth Groups' Registration

Schools and Youth Groups are invited to register for the Commonwealth Service 2018 at Westminster Abbey.

Held on Commonwealth Day, Monday 12th March, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual multi-faith celebration in the UK. The aim of the Service is to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth's achievements and role, particularly among young people. 

The service typically takes place in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, the British Prime Minister (or a representative), the Commonwealth Secretary-General, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, Commonwealth dignitaries and approximately 700 UK school children.

The Service features a mix of testimonies, readings and musical performances from talented artists across the Commonwealth and will reflect the 2018 Commonwealth theme of, Towards a Common Future.This theme is in line with that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, to be held in London in April. The theme focuses on building on the strengths of the Commonwealth to ensure we are responsive to global challenges and deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all citizens, particularly its young people.

In recent years the Service has been broadcast live by the BBC and has attracted contributions from Kofi Annan, Ellie Goulding, Sir Richard Branson, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi.

Schools can apply for a batch of 5 or 10 tickets, but only register once per school. You must register before Friday 26th January. Successful applicants will be informed no later than Monday 5th February 2018. 

IMPORTANT: Please note that registering interest does not guarantee an invitation to the Service, or that schools and youth groups will receive the requested number of tickets. Priority will be given to schools and youth groups that can show engagement within the Commonwealth (either through participation in The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, school linking and other youth and education projects) and that have not attended the Service before. Thereafter, tickets will be allocated to schools and youth groups by ballot. 

If you represent a Girlguiding or Scouts group, please contact for an alternative application process. 

All travel costs are the responsibility of the participating school or youth group. If you have any questions, please contact 

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