While all birthdays are special, this year, The Queen's birthday falls at the end of the week-long Commonwealth Summit in London, which has brought together fifty-three countries.
Tonight, we reflect on the pledge made by The Queen on her 21st birthday in 1947 in South Africa, to serve the Commonwealth for her whole life. With my father, The Duke of Edinburgh, at her side, The Queen has dedicated herself, throughout her reign, to serving the United Kingdom and the other countries of the Commonwealth. Tonight we pay tribute to her devotion to duty, her steadfastness in times of uncertainty, and her vital role in uniting people from all walks of life through her endearing strength and humanity.
With my family, I join you in wishing my mother, The Queen, a very Happy Birthday.