This memorial will stand for the courage and resilience that makes our Nation what it is, together with the values which keep us strong. It will symbolize, in perpetuity, our shared insistence that hope will always triumph over despair; and that, no matter what, our community will endure.

The ties between our two countries run deep, and today are as strong and as vital as they have ever been.

We are neighbours by Fate, partners by choice and friends because of the shared experience and deep affection that binds us.

Today, as we mark a century since they gave their lives, let us resolve to continue to fulfil their trust, so that every passing year will only add to the measure of their honour.

It hardly seems possible that twenty-five years have passed since Stephen Lawrence was so cruelly taken from his family.  I remember vividly the profound shock that I felt at his senseless murder, a feeling shared by so many people across this country and beyond.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Royal Albert Hall this evening to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 92nd birthday.

I pray that this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will not only revitalize the bonds between our countries, but will also give the Commonwealth a renewed relevance to all citizens, finding practical solutions to their problems and giving life to their aspirations. 

Not long ago I was fortunate enough to spend time with some of the bravest women I have been privileged to meet. Their experiences not only touched their lives but also the lives of those around them, in the most tragic ways.

H.S. Blue's exceptional contribution to the full spectrum of operations throughout 2017 has distinguished you from amongst the other fine units of the Royal Australian Navy.