A special function was held in the Great Hall at Queen’s on Monday 14th March to mark Commonwealth Day 2011. The event was organised and promoted by student societies at the university, including the DUA.
Many international students from Commonwealth countries were in attendance, as were many distinguished guests including ambassadors, MLAs, the Vice-Chancellor and other members of Queen’s staff.
As well as enjoying a superb meal, those present heard speeches from Lord Rana and William Hay MLA, Speaker of the NI Assembly and President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Both men spoke on the theme for this year’s celebration, “Women as agents of change”. A selection of musical entertainment was provided and a medley of patriotic tunes including “Rule Britannia”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and the National Anthem was certainly a highlight in what was an enjoyable evening.