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The Queen and The Commonwealth

The Queen and The Commonwealth

The Queen and The Commonwealth

A Commonwealth Chronology

 

Telling the Stories of The Commonwealth

 

The Commonwealth Chronology illustrates the creation of the 21st century Commonwealth, showing its expansion from its establishment as a voluntary organisation on 28 April 1949,
with the eight founding Nations -
Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom
- to its current 54 member states.

When the eight founding Nations joined together and formed the ‘Modern Commonwealth’,
they invited His Majesty King George VI to become the first Head of The Commonwealth. 

Following the death of King George VI, on 6 February 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the Throne, and the eight founding Commonwealth Nations invited The Queen to succeed
King George VI, as second Head of The Commonwealth. 

In 2022 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now been the Head of The Commonwealth for 70 years. 

 

1949

1. Australia

2. Canada

3. India

4. New Zealand

5. Pakistan

6. South Africa

7. Sri Lanka

8. United Kingdom

 

1957

9. Ghana -  6 March 1957

10. Malaysia - 31 August 1957

 

1960

11. Nigeria - 1 October 1960

 

1961

12. Cyprus - 13 March 1961

13. Sierra Leone - 27 April 1961

14. Tanzania - 9 December 1961

 

1962

15. Jamaica - 6 August 1962

16. Trinidad & Tobago - 31 August 1962

17. Uganda - 9 October 1962

18. Kenya - 12 December 1962

 

1964

19. Malawi - 6 July 1964

20. Malta - 21 September 1964

21. Zambia - 24 October 1964

 

1965

22. The Gambia - 18 February 1965

23. Singapore - 15 October 1965

 

1966

24. Guyana - 26 May 1966

25. Botswana - 30 September 1966

26. Lesotho - 4 October 1966

27. Barbados - 30 November 1966

 

1968

28. Mauritius - 12 March 1968

29. Eswantini - 6 September 1968

30. Nauru - 29 November 1968

 

1970

31. Tonga - 4 June 1970

32. Samoa - 28 August 1970

33. Fiji - 10 October 1970

 

1972

34. Bangladesh - 18 April 1972

 

1973

35. The Bahamas - 10 July 1973

 

1974

36. Grenada - 7 February 1974

 

1975

37. Papua New Guinea - 16 September 1975

 

1976

38. Seychelles - 28 June 1976

 

1978

39. The Solomon Islands - 7 July 1978

40. Tuvalu - 1 October 1978

41. Dominica - 3 November 1978

 

1979

42. Saint Lucia - 22 February 1979

43. Kiribati - 12 July 1979

44. Saintt Vincent and The Grenadines - 27 October 1979

 

1980

45. Vanuatu - 30 July 1980

 

1981

46. Belize - 21 September 1981

47. Antigua and Barbuda - 1 November 1981

 

1982

48. Maldives - 9 July 1982

 

1983

49. Saint Kitts and Nevis - 19 September 1983

 

1984

50. Brunei Darussalam - 7 May 1984

 

1990

51. Namibia - 21 March 1990

 

1995

52. Cameroon - 1 November 1995

53. Mozambique - 13 November 1995

 

2009

54. Rwanda - 29 November 2009  

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