On 12 March people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe will observe Commonwealth Day. Faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and fashion shows are just some of the events they will use to celebrate the vast diversity, strong unity and uplifting values that define the Commonwealth.
In London, Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth will attend a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey with performances from choirs, dancers and musicians. During the event Her Majesty’s special Commonwealth Day message will be delivered. There will also be online statements from Secretary-General Patricia Scotland as well as leading global figures about the importance of the family of nations which links the governments, people and institutions of 53 countries.
This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens. The two events are joined by the same theme ‘Towards a Common Future’. Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Peace- Building Commonwealth', this year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Find out more about the Commonwealth theme
Commonwealth Day Highlights: