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 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 in 2021. 

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.

Commonwealth Day 2021 was centred around the same theme as 2020, which is also the theme for the forthcoming 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.

Schedule

2021 Commonwealth Day Speeches and Affirmation

Media

#SheLeadsTheWay

Commonwealth Day took place on the same date as International Women's Day. We celebrated women’s leadership across the Commonwealth with our #SheLeadsTheWay social media campaign.

Commonwealth Day 2020