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

February 9, 2020

The Queen paid off a man’s mortgage after he helped save Princess Anne’s life in a kidnapping attempt 46 years ago.

Speaking for the first time, Ronnie Russell, now 72-years-old, tackled gunman Ian Ball after he shot four people and held the Princess Royal at gunpoint.


October 7, 2019

The @CWGC’s Nairobi African Memorial commemorates East African soldiers and carriers who died during #WW1 while serving with British forces throughout the campaigns against Germany’s colonial forces in East Africa. Learn more here: #ToTheFourCo...

September 21, 2019

Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities #Düsseldorf & #Victoria b...

September 9, 2019

We are excited to be marking the 5 year anniversary of the #InvictusGames next Tuesday on the 10th September! We are hoping our supporters will join in online on the day to share their #FavouriteInvictusMoment from the past Games... #WeAreInvictus

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June 20, 2019

To all the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and reservists, cadets and charities: thank you. #SaluteOurForces

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June 8, 2019

In our latest blog #CWGFintern @abi_eagles writes about her Great-Grandfather’s experiences during the Second World War and in Normandy, and how her internship with the Commission has helped her find out more about his past. Read it here:  #CWG...

April 12, 2019

Today in 1917, Canadians launched their attack on Vimy Ridge. In 2017, to mark the 100th Anniversary Prince William placed the last pair of boots at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial marking the 3598 Canadians who died at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. #cdncrown #cdnhist...

March 16, 2019

The @CWGC and JCCC wish to contact the next of kin of Captain Eric Edwards, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) who was KIA during #WW1. This comes after new research has shown he is buried at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery. More details here:

March 8, 2019

Alongside St Margaret’s Church in this quiet corner of Bodelwyddan, North Wales are over 80 @CWGC headstones inscribed with a maple leaf – many of whom died in 1919 following a devastating outbreak of influenza struck troops waiting to return home.

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February 26, 2019

Today The Queen marked the 100th anniversary of the granting of the “Royal” prefix to The Royal Army Chaplains’ Department — where she met artist Harry Parker, whose designs were used for @WeAreInvictus medals awarded at the #InvictusGames.

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