Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.

— excerpt from Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Day Message

Source: Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

Today The Queen marked Commonwealth Day by launching The Queen’s Baton Relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games and attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Forecourt of Buckingham Palace was decorated with 70 Commonwealth flags to celebrate the start of The Queen’s Baton Relay. The Baton will travel through all 52 Commonwealth countries for 388 days covering 230,000 kilometres. It will arrive in time for Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4th April 2018 which is being hosted by the Gold Coast in Australia.

In the afternoon The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex all attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom which embraces the diversity of the 2.5 billion Commonwealth residents. Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme upon which the Commonwealth Service is based. The 2017 theme is ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’, which was echoed in The Queen’s annual Commonwealth speech released today.

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Exclusive: United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member.”

Source: Exclusive: United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. 

The project, which is said to be backed by the Queen, has come about in part as a result of Donald Trump’s fondness for Britain and the Royal Family. 

It comes amid efforts to develop the Commonwealth as a tool for building relationships on everything from foreign policy to trade, following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels,” said Michael Lake, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society. 

Opening a branch in the US, Mr Lake said, would further Britain’s ties with America, developing new connections between two countries who already share a common language.

I am all for this! I have believed for years that we should be part of the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Commonwealth. We are as far as I know the only former colony of Great Britain to not be part of it: a group of 53 nations – sixteen of which are Commonwealth Realms, with Her Majesty The Queen as Head of State – with a combined population of 2.2 million, the Commonwealth covers nearly a quarter of the Earth’s land mass, and has a combined GDP of £6.9 trillion (almost $9.7 trillion in US dollars). It’s almost silly that we’re not! I sincerely hope this comes to pass.

A man can dream, can’t he…?

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(… and yes, if we ever did become a Commonwealth Realm, the Grand Union flag seems to me to make the most sense as the “American Ensign.” It is historic and traditional to us, as a Nation, and it speaks of the time — right up through at least the first year of the Revolution — when the vast majority of the patriots and Founders were fighting for our “rights as Englishmen,” and did not really seek dissolution of the ties which bound us to Great Britain. That came later, and reluctantly, for most…)

The Commonwealth is calling!

BRITAIN could have a “truly exciting future” by quitting the EU and rebuilding trade links with the Commonwealth, a senior New Zealand politician has said.

Source: New Zealand says future will be ‘exciting’ if Britain votes for Brexit | World | News | Daily Express

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“This is a question for the British people alone,” [Winston Peters, a former deputy prime minister, finance minister, and foreign minister of New Zealand] conceded. However, he went on, “Britain taking a bold and courageous step back to the Commonwealth, with a fresh approach, is something the Commonwealth would respond positively to. It would signal the dawn of a new age of Commonwealth economic advancement.”

EU referendum: Back of the queue? No, Britain’s Commonwealth friends and allies would welcome Brexit | City A.M.

The people of the United Kingdom have a big decision to make on 23 June.

Source: EU referendum: Back of the queue? No, Britain’s Commonwealth friends and allies would welcome Brexit | City A.M.

As an American, it is very much not my place to advise my British friends on what they should do or which decision they should make on the June 23rd referendum to stay in (“Remain”) or leave (“Brexit”) the European Union, a.k.a., the would-be “United States of Europe.” It is not my desire to repeat the foolishness of President Obama, sticking his nose where it does not belong and is not welcome. That said, I am and have always been 100% behind Brexit, and I would rejoice if the people of Great Britain decided to make that decision.

Europe is not the U.S.; its nation-states have been sovereign entities (or, sometimes, collections of smaller – but culturally and ethnically related – sovereign entities for centuries, even millennia, before the United States was even a gleam in its Founders’ eyes. While In sincerely hope and pray the countries of Europe can live and work together as brothers and sisters, and avoid the fratricidal wars that wracked them in the 20th and previous centuries, each deserves its own integrity, sovereignty, and destiny. Enforcing homogeneity upon them all benefits no one except the bureaucrats in Brussels, and a handful of multinational corporations.

Britain in particular, an island nation and once the centerpiece of a global Empire on which the sun never set, has always stood apart. Even today, much of her former Empire remains closely allied, as part of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly British Commonwealth), comprising 53 nations including 16 Commonwealth Realms for whom Her Majesty The Queen is Head of State, and including 2.2 billion of the world’s 6-point-something billion inhabitants. And as this article points out, trade with her Commonwealth partners is hampered, not facilitated, by her membership in the EU.

As I say, it is not my place to tell Britain and her people what they should do, or even to make a recommendation. But to me, Brexit makes by far the greater sense, and I shall be very happy if Britain votes that way on the 23rd of June. “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves! Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”