Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, marked by a multi-faith Service in Westminster Abbey.
The Service is normally attended by HM The Queen - the Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and Commonwealth High Commissioners, in London.
Every year HM The Queen delivers a televised address to the 54 Commonwealth member states.
2014 was the first year that all Authorities throughout the country signed up to raise a Flag for Commonwealth Day. The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, presented the Commonwealth flags to the 3 unitary authorities in Bedfordshire.
Commonwealth Day 2020 is on Monday, 9 March and the theme this year is 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming'.
This theme was chosen because the governments and people of our diverse family of 54 Commonwealth countries connect at many levels through extensive and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.
Together, the countries and people of the Commonwealth tackle climate change and its impacts. We work to find sustainable ways of using the natural resources of our planet, its land and ocean, so that our environment is protected.
Together, we work to build peace and harmony through social and democratic development.
Together, we encourage inclusive economic empowerment and fair trade so that all people, particularly women, young people and those in marginalised communities can share the fruits of progress and prosperity.
Together, we are delivering a common future by connecting, innovating and transforming our societies.
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