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 marked with a broad range of activities, including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events.
The day will be celebrated with a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey. The service will bring together testimonies, performances and readings from throughout the Commonwealth and will feature a procession of Commonwealth flags with young flag bearers representing all 53 member countries.
There will be a Commonwealth Day Message from HM The Queen and from Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter, which unite 2.4 billion people in 53 countries.
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. Find out more about the Commonwealth theme.
2019 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 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