Press Releases

20/06/2017 | Commonwealth accredits first LGBTI organisation

The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth to approve the Network for accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation. As a result of this landmark decision, TCEN is now the first and only LGBTI-focused organisation to be officially accredited by the Commonwealth. 

09/06/2017 | Statement on the 2017 UK General Election Outcome

Commenting on the 2017 General Election result in the UK, the Director of The Royal Commonwealth Society, Michael Lake, has said that it is the Society's anticipation that the Government will remain committed to the Commonwealth.

03/04/2017 | South Africa visitor visa petition handed in to No. 10 Downing Street with 12,000 signatures

The Royal Commonwealth Society, with its supporting partners, visited 10 Downing Street to submit a public petition on restoring visa-free travel for South Africans visiting the UK. The business and diaspora-backed campaign received positive support with 12,000 signatures from people across the UK and South Africa. 

31/03/2017 | African champions urge world to ‘Leave No One Behind’ in the fight to eradicate AIDS

The Royal Commonwealth Society co-convened a high level meeting in Pretoria on leaving no one behind in the struggle to fight AIDS.

14/03/2017 | The Queen's Baton continues on its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the High Commissioners' Banquet

The Queen's Baton was at the annual High Commissioners' Banquet at the Guildhall in the City of London tonight as Commonwealth Week celebrations continued.

13/03/2017 | Her Majesty The Queen celebrates Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey

Her Majesty The Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, today attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The Queen was joined by TRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex. 

06/03/2017 | Peace-building is the theme for Commonwealth Day

One week from today, on Monday 13 March, schools and communities in 52 countries will mark Commonwealth Day 2017. This year, the annual celebration of the Commonwealth's shared values is themed 'A Peace-building Commonwealth'.

06/03/2017 | Don’t forget Commonwealth markets post-Brexit, UK businesses send clear message to government 

Days before the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting in London, new research reveals an overwhelming majority of British businesses want to see the Government prioritise trade deals with the Commonwealth post-Brexit. 

14/02/2017 | Royal Commonwealth Society statement on The Gambia re-joining the Commonwealth

The Royal Commonwealth Society welcomes The Gambia’s intention to re-join the Commonwealth under newly elected President, Adama Barrow.

23/11/2016 | Prince Harry launches dedications to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy during official visit to the Caribbean

His Royal Highness Prince Harry today unveiled St Kitts and Nevis' dedication to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, the Central Forest Reserve National Park.

15/11/2016 | Her Majesty The Queen hosts Reception to showcase dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, tonight hosted a Reception at Buckingham Palace to acknowledge the dedications from 20 countries across the Commonwealth to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC). 

04/11/2016 | New Zealand celebrates first dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Today, New Zealand launched its first dedication, the Mount Terako Covenant, to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a pan-Commonwealth forest conservation initiative in Her Majesty The Queen’s name. 

02/11/2016 | The Royal Commonwealth Society and partners launch campaign to restore visa-free travel for South Africans visiting the UK

The Royal Commonwealth Society and partners will today launch a grassroots campaign which aims to restore visa-free travel for South Africans visiting the UK. 

26/10/2016 | Young writers from Zambia and Singapore receive prizes at Buckingham Palace Award Ceremony

On Wednesday 26 October the Winners and Runners-up of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2016 attended an Award Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The special reception was hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. 

21/09/2016 | The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 launched on International Day of Peace

The Royal Commonwealth Society has today launched The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017, focusing on the theme of A Commonwealth for Peace

21/09/2016 | Over 50 leaders from business and politics call for UK visa reform for Indian visitors 

Over fifty leaders from business and politics have signed a letter, published today by The Daily Telegraph, supporting calls for the UK to extend its new £87 two-year visitor visa to Indian nationals. 

12/09/2016 | British Columbia dedicates Great Bear Rainforest to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

The Province of British Columbia will dedicate the Great Bear Rainforest to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a pan-Commonwealth forest conservation initiative in Her Majesty The Queen’s name. 

07/09/2016 | The Australian Government and the Royal Commonwealth Society announce funding to promote gender equality and youth leadership in the Commonwealth

The Australian Government and the Royal Commonwealth Society today announced new funding to promote youth leadership and gender equality in the Commonwealth. The announcement was made by Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls at the 11th Commonwealth Women’s Ministerial Meeting (WAMM) in Apia, Samoa.  

15/08/2016 | Young writers awarded Winners of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 

Four young writers have been awarded Winners and Runners-Up of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2016, the world's oldest international schools writing competition. 

05/07/2016 | Calls for a new India visitor visa to boost UK tourism

A new report published by the RCS in partnership with leading aviation, tourism and industry groups including the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), recommends that India is added to the UK's latest £87 two-year visitor visa scheme. 

27/06/2016 | Royal Commonwealth Society statement on UK voting to leave the European Union

After a long campaign the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union through a historic referendum. As the UK reacts to the implications of this decision, the positive consequences of the UK's membership of the Commonwealth should also be considered. 

09/06/2016 | Queen Launches New Commonwealth Hub 

Her Majesty The Queen today launched a new Commonwealth Hub which will bring Commonwealth organisations together in the same location to create a collaborative, dynamic and innovative way of working. The Commonwealth Games Federation, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum will move to a new combined centre of Commonwealth activity. 

24/05/2016 | Lord Howell addresses Jersey Branch of Royal Commonwealth Society on the EU and the Commonwealth

In a speech delivered to the Jersey Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Lord Howell of Guildford said that the European Union and the Commonwealth are not alternatives for Britain, whether economically or in security terms. 

20/05/2016 | The RCS welcomes the Australian High Commissioner's UK-Australia freer movement comments 

The Australian High Commissioner, Alexander Downer’s remarks in a Sky News interview are an encouraging public intervention in the on going visa discussions between the UK and Australia. 

20/04/2016 | New research shows extent of progress on rights of LGBT citizens in the Commonwealth

The research is contained in a new report, A Commonwealth Toolkit for Policy Progress on LGBT Rights published by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Kaleidoscope Trust and the Commonwealth Equality Network. 

18/04/2016 | Changing the Commonwealth

In her inaugural speech on anti-corruption since becoming Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC  addressed High Commissioners to the UK on the importance of tackling fraud, bribery and corruption in the Commonwealth. 

17/03/2016 | Commonwealth Youth and Gender Equality Network helps to launch global campaign to end gender discrimination in the law

CYGEN’s involvement in the #Levelthelaw campaign comes just four days after UN Women’s first ever ‘Youth CSW’ bringing together young advocates and experts on gender equality, as well as two days after Commonwealth Day which this year launched the theme ‘an Inclusive Commonwealth’. 

16/03/2016 | Epping Forest Pledged by the City of London Corporation to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Jeffrey Mountevans, tonight dedicated ancient London woodland to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy at the annual High Commissioners' Banquet at the Guildhall. 

14/03/2016 | Her Majesty The Queen celebrates Commonwealth Day at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey

Her Majesty The Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth for 64 years, attended the annual Commonwealth Service today at Westminster Abbey, the largest multi-faith service in the UK. 

13/03/2015 | UK public strongly backs freedom to live and work in Australia, Canada and New Zealand

New polling commissioned by the Royal Commonwealth Society supports a recent UK-based YouGov survey that highlights overwhelming support across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK for reciprocal rights to live and work freely in each other’s nations. 

10/03/2016 | Her Majesty The Queen sends private donation to storm-ravaged Fiji

The Royal Commonwealth Society welcomes the generous private donation from Her Majesty The Queen to help the people of Fiji suffering in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

22/01/2016 | Restricting skilled worker visas will hit the economy and harm UK-Commonwealth relations

Op-ed on impact of changes to Tier 2 visas published in City A.M.

09/12/2015 | The Queen's Young Leaders of 2016 Announced

60 young people from across the Commonwealth are being recognised as exceptional leaders and will receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award

02/12/2015 | Be resilient: take immediate action for the ‘world’s greatest single challenge’, Commonwealth told at international Climate Challenge Conference 

The CEIP Climate Challenge 

28/11/2015   Commonwealth Secretary-General Designate, Baroness Patricia Scotland calls on member nations to tackle corruption

The Royal Commonwealth Society interviews Baroness Scotland at CHOGM in Malta 

27/11/2015 | Baroness Patricia Scotland appointed as new Commonwealth Secretary-General at CHOGM in Malta

The Royal Commonwealth Society welcomes new Commonwealth Secretary-General

27/11/2015 | Commonwealth honours Her Majesty the Queen with a 'Commonwealth Canopy'

The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, a Commonwealth-wide forestry conservation initiative is announced 

27/11/2015 | HRH the Prince of Wales awards Canadian as winner of Out of the Blue photography competition

Ashley Wee announced as overall competition winner at an awards ceremony at the Maritime Museum in Malta

26/11/2015 | Commonwealth Business Forum takes place at CHOGM in Malta; Creating a More Prosperous Commonwealth

Business Forum aims to promote Commonwealth trade and investment 

25/11/2015 | People's Forum at CHOGM in Malta discusses LGBTI rights for the first time 

Historic inclusion of LGBTI Rights in the Commonwealth Discussions 

25/11/2015 | RCS and Henley Media release a reference book addressing major themes of the modern Commonwealth

The Royal Commonwealth Society and Henley Media release CHOGM 2015 Report 

24/11/2015 | 1st Commonwealth Women’s Forum takes place at CHOGM in Malta; theme: ‘Women Ahead: Be All That You Can Be’

Women’s Forum calls for Commonwealth collaboration to end child marriage and for greater roles for women in business and politics.

23/11/2015 | 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum Adding Global Value …#WhatNext?

Commonwealth youth have called for a greater role for young people as peace builders.

22/11/2015 | Civil Society groups meet to discuss Human Rights and the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015.

On the second day of side events of CHOGM in Malta, civil society groups have met to discuss justice and the new 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

21/11/2015 | Youth advocates and experts meet in Malta today for the first pre-CHOGM forum 

The 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, which begins officially on Friday, opened today with the first pre-CHOGM event - the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

09/09/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society congratulates HM The Queen on becoming the longest reigning British Monarch

The Royal Commonwealth Society congratulates HM Queen Elizabeth 11 today as she becomes the longest-reigning British monarch, overtaking her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

24/08/2015 | Record number of entries for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015

The Royal Commonwealth Society’s flagship programme receives over 13,000 entries from all across the Commonwealth. The overall winners are from Cyprus, Tristan da Cunha, Botswana and the Cayman Islands. 

26/06/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society and Plan UK release news statistics on Child Marriage in the Commonwealth 

The Royal Commonwealth Society and Plan International UK yesterday launched their latest report, Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth: the Role of Education.

23/06/2015 | First 60 Queen's Young Leaders' from across the Commonwealth received their awards from Her Majesty The Queen

The Royal Commonwealth Society congratulates first Queen's Young Leaders'. The 60 young people from across the Commonwealth received their awards from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

08/06/2015 | The Prince of Wales launches ‘Out of the Blue’ – a new photography competition 

HRH The Prince of Wales marks World Oceans Day with the launch of a new photography competition celebrating the beauty and importance of our oceans and seas

17/05/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society CYGEN Conference Ends with Call for the Commonwealth to Face Gender Issues Head-On

The last day of the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network conference delivered a set of outcomes and objectives which will be expanded on over the coming months as the network prepares to feed its recommendations into the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) in Malta in November. 

16/05/2015 | Australia supports Youth Voices to combat Violence against Women

The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network meeting in Malta, sponsored by the Australian Government, has called for more action on domestic violence in the Commonwealth.  

15/05/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society CYGEN Conference Calls for Greater Involvement of Women in Peacebuilding

The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network meeting in Malta has heard how Commonwealth Countries must include women in politics to avoid future conflict.  

14/05/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society CYGEN conference calls for end to FGM

The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network meeting in Malta has called on Commonwealth Countries to take immediate action to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). 

13/05/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society forms youth network to prevent Child Marriage 

The Royal Commonwealth Society and Plan UK today presented the interim findings of their report, The Role of Education in Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth, to H.E the President of Malta. 

13/05/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society launches Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

Youth advocates and specialists came together in Malta to discuss gender and equality issues at a five-day conference organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society with the support of the Australian Government, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Task Force in Malta. 

05/05/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society and Commonwealth Exchange sign MOU.

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) and Commonwealth Exchange (CX) will be working more closely after signing a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

29/04/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) expresses its sadness for the victims and families now dealing with the appalling conditions in Nepal following its worst earthquake in over 80 years.

17/04/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society welcomes New Dublin Branch

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) welcomes the launch today of its new branch in the Republic of Ireland.   Dublin becomes the third new branch to open this year, following Singapore and Malta; joining a network of  branches  across the 53 nations and cities throughout  the Commonwealth.

24/03/2015 | New Report: ‘Collaboration and Consensus: Building a constructive Commonwealth approach to LGBT rights’

The Royal Commonwealth Society and Kaleidoscope Trust today released a report ‘Collaboration and Consensus: Building a constructive Commonwealth approach to LGBT rights’. The report examines some of the ways in which Commonwealth institutions, nations and civil society can begin to use some of the unique mechanisms of the Commonwealth to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

23/03/2015 | Former Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91

The Royal Commonwealth Society is saddened today by the death of the founding father of the modern Singapore and great supporter of the Commonwealth, former Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.  

20/03/2015 | Former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser dies at 84

The Royal Commonwealth Society expresses its condolences to family and friends of the former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, who was an honorary Vice President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and a great supporter of the Commonwealth and its potential in improving lives across the 53-nation family.

18/03/2015 | Royal Commonwealth Society responds to the crisis in Vanuatu

The Royal Commonwealth Society has put out a call to its Branches and networks across the Commonwealth’s  53 nation family to assist in any way they can with one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific. 

13/01/2015 | Commonwealth Winners to receive Young Leadership Award from Her Majesty The Queen, announced

It is announced today that 60 young people from across the Commonwealth are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people are the first ever to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

19/11/14 | From Lahore to Buckingham Palace: Pakistani girl triumphs in international writing competition

On Wednesday 19th November, fifteen year old Raniya Hosain the Senior Winner of the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014, provided a shining example for girls in education across Pakistan and the Commonwealth as she attended a Reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of HM The Queen.

22/10/14 | Media Release on the Ebola Outbreak

The Royal Commonwealth Society expresses its concern over the Ebola outbreak and updates on the national call-out to target all those with relevant skills including NHS workers, the self-employed and agency nurses, logisticians, engineers, water and sanitation experts.

15/10/14 | HE Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, responds to RCS open letter on International Day of the Girl Child

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth has responded to the RCS’ open letter about child marriage and gender inequality in the Commonwealth. The open letter was sent on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, and affirmed the RCS’ readiness to support the Secretariat on their continued work to end child, early and forced marriage in the Commonwealth. The Secretariat’s response is here in full.

15/10/14 | Media Release on the Ebola Outbreak

The Royal Commonwealth Society expresses its concern over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

10/10/14 | Open Letter to Commonwealth Secretary General on occasion of International Day of the Girl

Open Letter regarding Child, Early and Forced Marriage in the Commonwealth from The Royal Commonwealth Society to His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth Secretariat.

09/09/14 | Commonwealth Essay Competition a Stunning Success

The Royal Commonwealth Society announces that the Commonwealth Essay Competition, founded in 1883, experienced another year of extraordinary achievement. 

09/09/14 | Lahore student named Senior Winner of 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Fifteen year old Raniya Hosain has been named the Senior Winner in the Royal Commonwealth Society's 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition. Her winning entry was chosen by a panel of Commonwealth judges from more than 3,500 Senior entries.

09/09/14 | Singapore student named Senior Runner-up of 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Sixteen year old Selina Xu has been named the Senior Runner-up in the Royal Commonwealth Society's 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition. Her winning entry was chosen by a panel of Commonwealth judges from more than 3,500 Senior entries.

09/09/14 | Jersey student named Junior Winner of 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Ten year old Max de Bourcier has been named the Junior Winner in the Royal Commonwealth Society's 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition. Her winning entry was chosen by a panel of Commonwealth judges from more than 6,000 Junior entries.

09/09/14 | Canadian student named Junior Runner-up in 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Thirteen year old Leah Annia Plante-Wiener has been named the Junior Runner-up in the Royal Commonwealth Society's 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition. Her winning entry was chosen by a panel of Commonwealth judges from more than 6,000 Junior entries.

01/09/14 | Statement on Unrest in Lesotho

The Royal Commonwealth Society expresses its concern over unrest in Lesotho since the 30th August and condemns any un-constitutional attempt to overthrow the elected government. 

20/05/2014 | Statement on Boko Haram’s mass kidnapping in Nigeria

Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Michael Lake, has called for the countries of the Commonwealth to stand together in condemning the actions of Boko Haram and to offer assistance to the Nigerian government in any way that they can.

07/05/2014 | 33Fifty Baton Book travels through Malta

On 7th May, 23-year-old Mark Zammit Cutajar added his message to the 33Fifty Baton Book in Marsascala during an event showcasing sports for disabled people. 

29/04/2014 | 33Fifty Baton Book finishes Caribbean tour

Along its route, the Baton Book was signed by inspirational young people who took the opportunity to highlight current challenges faced by the younger generations in their respective regions, and throughout the broader Commonwealth.

17/04/2014 | 33Fifty Baton Book signed in Jamaica 

On 5th April, 20-year-old sprinter Javon Francis added his message to the 33Fifty Baton Book that is accompanying the Queen’s Baton Relay across the 70 countries and territories taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

13/03/2014 | Royal Visit

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit staff at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and The Royal Commonwealth Society.

12/03/2014 | Commonwealth Games to empower and invest in youth 

On Wednesday 12th March at London’s City Hall, The Royal Commonwealth Society, in partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and the London Assembly held a reception to celebrate ‘Team Commonwealth’, the theme for the Commonwealth in 2014. 

12/03/2014 | High Commissioners gather at St James' Palace to celebrate Commonwealth Week 

On Tuesday March 11, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, attended the Royal Commonwealth Society’s annual High Commissioners’ Banquet held at St. James’s Palace.

11/03/2014 | Malala Yousafzai to join HM The Queen for Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey

On Monday 10March, Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and The Countess of Wessex will mark Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey. The Observance will celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth theme ‘Team Commonwealth’.

21/02/2014 | 33Fifty Baton Book finishes Africa tour

The tremendous tour began in the West African country of Sierra Leone, and finished in South Africa where Moegamat Shahim Rogers, an 18-year-old student from Cape Town signed the Baton Book on Thursday 13th February. The Baton Book’s voyage throughout Commonwealth countries in Africa has been an amazing experience for all involved, giving the younger and older generations of the Commonwealth a platform to unite and highlight key challenges to be discussed and resolved.

23/01/2014 | Ugandan youth leader signs Baton Book as part in the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations

Attending the Queen’s Baton Relay reception held at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kampala, Akampurira Davis wrote a message about the challenge of youth unemployment in the Commonwealth, which is a major issue in Uganda where over 50% of the population is under 16.

13/01/2014 | Inspirational young man signs Baton Book during celebrations to receive the Queen's Baton Relay in Kenya

Ezra’s story is a remarkable one. Having come from Kandara Children’s Home in a small rural village outside of Nairobi, he seized the opportunities provided by Vision Africa, a UK based children's charity which has supported vulnerable and disadvantaged children throughout Kenya for over ten years.

13/01/2014 | Cameroon Women's Scholar signs Baton Book as part of Queen's Baton Relay celebrations

25 year old Anne Hiom Takow, a laureate of the Cameroon Women’s Scholarship scheme added her message to the 33Fifty Baton Book that is accompanying the Queen’s Baton Relay across the 70 countries and territories taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

20/11/2013 | Girls lead the way as Commonwealth celebrates its brightest young writers

Nineteen year old New Zealander Katherine McIndoe and twelve year old Guernsey girl Tabitha Carr were the guests of honour at a special awards evening, having beaten 11,000 young writers to be named the Junior and Senior Winners of the 2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition.

24/10/2013 | Recipient of gold award for the 2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition meets Queen’s Baton Relay in Lahore

Raissa Chughtai added her message to the 33Fifty Baton Book that is accompanying the Queen’s Baton Relay across the 70 countries and territories taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

24/10/2013 | Winner of 2012 Commonwealth Essay Competition signs Baton Book as part of Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations in Colombo

Shenuka Corea added her message to the 33Fifty Baton Book that is accompanying the Queen’s Baton Relay across the 70 countries and territories taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

22/10/2013 | Young International Climate Champion meets the Queen’s Baton Relay team in Bangladesh and highlights the importance of literacy among young women

Sareka Jahan, a delegate for Bangladesh at Global Climate Conferences under the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), added her message to the 33Fifty Baton Book that is accompanying the Queen’s Baton Relay across the 70 countries and territories taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

14/10/2013 | New Delhi girl takes the lead in Queen’s Baton Relay as she becomes the first Baton Book signatory

14 year old Abhishree Joshi, a member of the Commonwealth Students’ Welfare Group of India (CSWGI) became the first person to sign the 33Fifty Baton Book that is accompanying the Queen’s Baton Relay across the 70 countries and territories taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

03/10/2013 | Statement on The Gambia's withdrawal from the Commonwealth

Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Michael Lake, has today reaffirmed that the modern Commonwealth is an association of mutual interest amongst equal states, following The Gambia's unexpected withdrawal from the Commonwealth on Wednesday.

28/08/2013 | Guernsey girl triumphs in world’s oldest and largest essay competition 

Twelve year old Guernsey teenager Tabitha Carr has been named the Junior Prize Winner of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition. 

28/08/2013 | Hong Kong student named Runner-Up in world’s oldest and largest essay competition 

Nine year old Catherine Yu, a student at Think International School in Hong Kong, has been named the Junior Runner-Up in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition. 

28/08/2013 | New Zealand teenager triumphs in world’s oldest and largest essay competition 

Nineteen year old Katherine McIndoe has been named the Senior Prize Winner in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition. 

28/08/2013 | Canadian teenager named Runner-Up in world’s oldest and largest essay competition 

Sixteen year old Abby Wells has been named the Senior Runner-Up in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition. 

18/07/2013 | Senior figures say UK must act as a bridge for trade between Europe and the Commonwealth 

Senior figures called for the UK to better facilitate trade between Europe and the Commonwealth. 

26/06/2013 | United call to end child marriage 

GLOBAL figures united today (26th) in a call to help end child marriage across the Commonwealth. 

11/03/2013 | Duke of Edinburgh celebrates Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh marked Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey.

08/03/2013 | Stars and emerging entrepreneurs to join Her Majesty in celebrating Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will mark Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey.

28/02/2013 | Statement on the disposal of leases at Northumberland

The Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society has exchanged contracts to dispose of leases of Northumberland Avenue where it has resided since 1922.

27/02/2013 | Human Rights and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Royal Commonwealth Society Chairman, Peter Kellner, speaks at a meeting at the House of Commons

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