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The Queen and The Commonwealth

The Queen and The Commonwealth

The Queen and The Commonwealth

Every man, woman and child sits on the shoulders of previous generations, inheriting the courage and discovery of those who came before and the opportunity to learn the lessons of the past and to build for a better future.  

In this way, on 26 April 1949, the Modern Commonwealth was born out of the international collaboration that had been generated throughout the First and Second World Wars.  In an act of continuum, the political leaders in the second half of the 1940’s were determined not to lose this spirit of international brotherhood and mutual support.

With King George VI as its Head, the Commonwealth of Nations was first established as a voluntary group of eight independent countries; Australia, Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.  

Today the Commonwealth comprises 54 nations across all 6 inhabited regions of the globe: Africa, Americas, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and the Pacific. Each of the 54 nations are equal stakeholders and with national populations ranging from 9,600 to 1.3 billion, with multifarious races and faiths, the Commonwealth encapsulates the concept of “Embracing Diversity”. 

When King George VI died on 6 February 1952, the Commonwealth Heads of Government invited the young Queen Elizabeth II to become Head of the Commonwealth. For 70 years Her Majesty has been and continues to be, a constant and supremely uniting influence, with a unique presence and personal style which can never be replicated. 

The 21st Century Commonwealth, now in its 73rd year, is building on its dynamic legacy and heritage - with international engagement and diversity at its core, and the opportunity to maximise individual, national and international potential, it offers the possibility to be a model of mutual human respect, support and understanding.  


Programme of Music

The Household Division has collaborated with Commonwealth Music to produce new compositions and recordings to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen as Head of The Commonwealth.


1. Platinum Jubilee Anthem - Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE


2. Commonwealth Salute in the year of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee
     - Lieutenant Colonel C Hallatt

          Words by the Commonwealth Secretariat


3. A Song for The Commonwealth - Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE


4. Hope of The Commonwealth - Ian B. Wilson


5. Zadok The Priest - Georg Frideric Handel


6. Commonwealth Anthem - Paul Carroll
       Words by the Commonwealth Secretariat



A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

Presented on Commonwealth Day, Monday 14 March 2022
Horse Guards Parade, London

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