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Beginning of the modern Commonwealth

1949

Leaders agree that Commonwealth members are “free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress”

In 1949 India becomes a republic but still wishes to remain a member of the association. In response, leaders agree that membership does not have to be based on allegiance to the British Crown.

Commonwealth members are “free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress” - The London Declaration 1949

The 'British Commonwealth of Nations' becomes The Commonwealth - the association we know today.