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Commonwealth Day 2019

On 11 March 2019, people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe will observe Commonwealth Day.

The day will be celebrated with a broad range of activities, including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties, cultural events and a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey. 

The theme for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, which offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse family of nations to connect and work together at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today, with old ties and new links enabling co-operation towards social, political and economic development, which is both inclusive and sustainable.

The Prince of Wales with Secretary-General Patricia ScotlandPrince of Wales attends London reception celebrating Commonwealth Day

An annual reception to mark Commonwealth Day was held at Marlborough House in London today. MORE

Commonwealth Day service at Westminster AbbeyCommonwealth Day Abbey service broadcast to millions around globe

The Queen was joined by around 2,000 people from across the world in a Westminster Abbey service to mark Commonwealth Day. MORE

Commonwealth Day BBC One feature
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaks to servicemen and women Memorial Gates falls silent to remember Commonwealth soldiers

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has paid respect to the five million servicemen and women from Commonwealth countries who served during the First and Second World Wars. MORE

Rocky coastal shoreline Commonwealth of oceans

A Commonwealth message at Westminster Abbey by Lewis Pugh - Commonwealth Day, 11 March 2019.MORE

HM Queen Elizabeth II Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen
Secretary-General's BBC Commonwealth Day Interview (sound only)

Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together... MORE

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland Commonwealth Day Message by the Secretary-General

At this time when multilateralism is under threat, and we see nationalism and narrow self-interest on the rise, the Commonwealth shines as a beacon of hope and promise… MORE

A group of people holding flags from Commonwealth countries Commonwealth Day celebrated around the globe

Celebrations and events will be held across the world on Monday 11 March to mark Commonwealth Day.  2.4 billion people in 53 Commonwealth countries celebrate the history and values that bind them together. MORE

Commonwealth day theme for 2019 'A Connected Commonwealth': the theme for 2019

The Commonwealth offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse worldwide family of nations to connect and cooperate at many levels. MORE