The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.4 billion is almost a third of the global population.
  • Trade between Commonwealth countries is projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.
  • Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures rule of law, human rights, participation, human development and sustainable economic opportunity, are Commonwealth members.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries for gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth countries, according to World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2015.
  • Five of the best performing 15 countries in the Youth Development Index are Commonwealth members.
  • Since 1991, 12 Commonwealth member countries have moved to multi-party democracy from military or one-party rule.
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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

July 24, 2019

Congratulations to Gary Crosby - this year’s winner of The Queen’s Medal for Music and the first jazz musician to be awarded the honour. As well as being a composer and double-bassist, he is also co-founder of @Tom_Warriors, which champions emerging new jazz artists.


June 29, 2019

#HolyroodWeek2019 begins tomorrow! The Queen will undertake a week-long programme of engagements, meeting Scots from across the country. Watch our video for more.

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April 26, 2019

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth – a network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, since 1952.

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April 12, 2019

Today The Duke of Sussex officially opens the @OnSideYZ in Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone – named by young people as ‘Future’, the new facility will provide 8-19 years olds and up to 25 for those with disabilities, a safe place to go after school and build skills.


January 1, 2019

As we say goodbye to 2018 here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments of the year from The Queen’s engagements. Happy New Year!

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September 29, 2018

This clip from @ITV’s new documentary ‘Queen of the World’, shows Her Majesty recording last year’s Christmas Broadcast

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July 21, 2018

The Queen has met Nelson Mandela many times, including in Cape Town in 1995. This year, The Queen met the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and gave him a gift of the letters between HM and Nelson Mandela on South Africa returning to the Commonwealth. @PAImages


April 23, 2018

This morning, The Duke of Cambridge will meet young entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth to discuss how the Commonwealth can encourage, empower and connect emerging businessmen and women. Follow @KensingtonRoyal for live coverage. #CHOGM18

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April 23, 2018

The Queen and The Prince of Wales appear on stage at the birthday concert. The Prince gave a speech wishing The Queen a Happy Birthday and led "three cheers" for Her Majesty! #QueensBirthday #HappyBirthdayHerMajesty – at Royal Albert Hall

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April 23, 2018

Thanks to all the organisations talking about the work they do in the Commonwealth today & for following throughout #CHOGM2018 #OurCommonwealth Find out more here 》 

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