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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 2021

Commonwealth Day 2021 was celebrated on Monday 8 March 2021, with a schedule of virtual events about which information is available below.

To comply with restrictions made necessary because of COVID-19, the Commonwealth Secretariat did not host any events at Marlborough House this year. 

Each year, there is usually a service held at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day. However, due to the pandemic, no service was held this year. Instead Her Majesty The Queen delivered her annual message in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’, which was broadcast on Sunday 7 March on BBC ONE in the UK. The service is available to watch on BBC iPlayer and the BBC's YouTube Channel. TRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex also took part in the programme, sharing their perspectives on the importance of our Commonwealth links. The celebration includes music, prayers and readings from others around the Commonwealth.

This year Commonwealth Day was centred around the same theme as last year, which is also the theme for the forthcoming 2021 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The theme – 'Delivering a Common Future' – highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.

Social media toolkit

Join us in celebrating Commonwealth Day on social media. You can find sample social media posts, images and videos, and guidance for recording videos in our toolkit. Please use hashtag #CommonwealthDay in all posts, plus #SheLeadsTheWay in women leadership posts – there is info on how to join this campaign in the toolkit. Thank you in advance for your support in promoting the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat. 


2021 Commonwealth Day Speeches and Affirmation



This year Commonwealth Day takes place on the same date as International Women's Day. Join us in celebrating women’s leadership across the Commonwealth by taking part in our #SheLeadsTheWay social media campaign. Please view our toolkit for guidance. Thank you in advance for your support in promoting the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat. 

Commonwealth Day 2020