|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is head of the Commonwealth|
The modern Commonwealth comprises nearly one-third of the world's countries and its combined population of 1.7 billion people accounts for a quarter of the world's inhabitants. The 53 countries represent some of the richest and some of the poorest in the world, as well as some of the biggest and the smallest. 34 of the 53 are classed as small states (mostly island states and with a population of 1.5 million or less).
Commonwealth Day 2005
'Education – creating opportunity, realising potential' was the theme for the Commonwealth Day celebrations on Monday, 14 March 2005.
One of the largest events was the annual multifaith Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey. It is attended by HM The Queen. A pre-recorded Commonwealth Day message by Her Majesty was shown at the ceremony. The whole event was recorded and broadcast on Sunday, 20 March 2005 by the BBC World Service.
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2005
The theme of the next CHOGM, which will take place from 25-27 November 2005 in Valletta, Malta, will be 'Networking the Commonwealth for Development'.
|The Royal Commonwealth Society|