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Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.

Commonwealth Day 2020

Commonwealth Day 2020 was celebrated on 09 March with events across 5 continents including flag parades, church services, poetry mornings, dance performances and much more.

This year’s event was centred around the theme 'Delivering a Common Future', highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals like protecting natural resources and boosting trade.

Flag-raising ceremonies

Many people mark Commonwealth Day with a flag raising ceremony, which often includes a reading of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth's message on the significance of raising the Commonwealth flag on Commonwealth Day.

Multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey in London

The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, joined Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at Westminster Abbey for a multi-faith service to celebrate the day.

Highlights included performances from West-End star Alexandra Burke, and multi-platinum, multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Craig David.

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua also spoke at the service.

Watch the service on the BBC's YouTube channel

News

Commonwealth Day wrapped up with Royal reception

An annual reception to mark Commonwealth Day was held at Marlborough House, the Commonwealth’s headquarters in London today.

 

Top entertainers perform at Commonwealth Day service

Entertainers and sporting stars joined Queen Elizabeth and other Royal Family members at a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey.

 

Secretary-General honours Commonwealth volunteers who gave service in conflict

The Secretary-General has paid tribute to the 5 million Commonwealth women and men who volunteered to serve in the two World Wars of the twentieth century.

Affirmation and messages

Commonwealth Day 2020 Affirmation (PDF, 56.3KB)

Message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth 

Read the Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen

Download the Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen (PDF, 80KB).

She touches on the theme of connectivity, mentioning how “advances in technology and modern media have now enabled many more people to witness and enjoy – with remarkable immediacy – the experience of Commonwealth connection, in areas such as education, medicine and conservation”

She ends by saying: “On this Commonwealth Day I hope that the people and countries of the Commonwealth will be inspired by all that we share, and move forward with fresh resolve to enhance the Commonwealth’s influence for good in our world.”

Commonwealth Day Message by the Secretary-General

Read the Commonwealth Day Message from the Secretary-General

Download the Commonwealth Day Message from the Secretary-General (PDF, 108KB)

Commonwealth Day 2019

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