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With the delay to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda until 2021,

To mark the Society's 152nd anniversary, Geri Horner, David Walliams, Alexandra Burke and Gyles

From more than 11,000 entries, five pieces were selected as the Winners and Runners up of The Queen

Terms and Conditions Entries will be disqualified if they fail to meet any of the following requirem

Today, we celebrate World English Language Day and recognise the shared language that connects Commo

The destructive cyclones that swept through the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu in April have brou

The Equality & Justice Alliance (EJA), an NGO consortium funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth

The relevance and strength of the Commonwealth lies in its network of diaspora, cultural and sportin

Our unique position within the Commonwealth family allows us to play a pivotal role in convening and

To achieve fairer and more inclusive societies for all, it has never been more important for diverse

Our goal is a Commonwealth where all people are treated equally before within their communities and

To support aspiring young writers beginning to work on their pieces, we have created the below resou

This Commonwealth Day, 700 young people from schools and youth groups across the United Kingdom atte

YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iksBZyRLfu8 Follow along with the Order of Service.

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth led the gathered guests at the annual Commonwealth S

Alongside the Commonwealth Service organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London each year,

Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-fa

The theme for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), for Commonwealth Day and fo

On Commonwealth occasions, it is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of the people and

Last week, the Equality and Justice Alliance (EJA) held the Commonwealth Equality and Justice Forum

In support of the Commonwealth Youth, Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) campaign to reform laws th

Across the Commonwealth, many women and LGBT+ people are restricted from participating in politics.

In many Commonwealth countries it is a crime to have an abortion. These laws jeopardise the health a

Many Commonwealth countries criminalise consensual same-sex relationships. These laws are often a Br

Forced marriage remains a significant issue across the Commonwealth. In many countries,  a high numb

Across the Commonwealth, many women and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities

Darryl Stevens Regional Co-ordinator, Pacific Libby Ellis  Regional Co-ordinator, Australia Amber Ka

Angela Jeune Regional Co-ordinator, Europe Hillary Briffa Regional Youth Co-ordinator, Europe BELGIU

Shivani Wazir Pasrich Regional Co-ordinator, India Peter Mann Regional Co-ordinator, Asia Hari Om Da

Cheryll Sealy Belle Regional Co-ordinator, Caribbean Judith Elson Regional Co-ordinator, Americas Ry

John Apea Regional Co-ordinator, Africa Gideon Commey Regional Youth Co-ordinator, Africa CAMEROON C

Objective: To increase understanding and awareness of gender issues in youth structures and organisa

South Africa’s ‘Silicon Cape’ is where some of the world’s leading technology is developed. In fact,

The Royal Commonwealth Society, founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations commi

Lewis Pugh OIG is an endurance swimmer and an ocean advocate. For over 30 years he has pioneered swi

Colo-i-Suva Forest Park is a legally protected preserved forest, containing native flora and fauna,

The photo above is of St Vincent & The Grenadines dedication to The Queen's Commonwealth Ca

Out of the Blue was a photography competition launched on World Oceans Day 2015 by His Royal Highnes

The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Mee

The following guidelines provide some useful insights from previous judges who have had experience r

Participants are expected to show originality and flair, linked to sound academic standards and comp

Junior Awards Categories (Under 14s) Senior Awards Categories (Ages 14–18)   Junior Prize Winner Sen

If you're over 18 by the deadline, you'll still be eligible to compete for the Commonwealt

Prizes have traditionally been awarded only to the first prize winners in the Senior and Junior cate

For all Competitions before 2019, entrants received an automated reference number when they uploaded

Please do not put your name, age and school on your entry – just your topic number, title, essay and

Yes, different word count rules apply to Junior and Senior categories. Please see our Terms and Cond

No, students may only submit one essay each, which means that you have to choose one of the four top

Topics for The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019 can be read online or downloaded.

How do I know my entry was successfully submitted? You can login to check details of your submission

How can i download my certificate? For those who entered the Competition between 2014 - 2018, visit

The Royal Commonwealth Society has created  a new online platform that is much easier to use and acc

Peace and Security and Building Community Resilience From The Ground Up In 2019, 58 participants fro

Held on Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Service is the world’s premier, inter-faith, public event

My perspective on sexual reproductive health rights changed forever in 2011 when I visited a small v

As part of the Equality & Justice Alliance programme, we brought together elected representative

We are supporting diverse coalitions to advance equality before the law in a range of Commonwealth c

The Society is a proud and committed member organisation of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN)

We work with civil society partners across the Commonwealth to support their work advocating for equ

We are proud to introduce you to our Associate Fellow Shadrack Frimpong Shadrack from Ghana is an As

Regional Co-ordinator, Pacific: Darryl Stevens Darryl Stevens is President and Hon. Administrator of

Regional Co-ordinator, Asia: Peter Mann Peter Mann was born in England and read English at Exeter Co

Each year over 800 UK school children and young people attend the Commonwealth Service. Over the las

Olaoluwa Abagun, Co-ordinator E: cygencoordinator@gmail.com Olaoluwa is a Lawyer and Founder of Girl

Regional Co-ordinator, Angela Jeune (née Carré) CMS, DipUIM. Born in Jersey, Channel Islands Angela

LINDA YUEH  Executive Chair NATHAN MCKENZIE Head of Public Affairs  ELIZABETH (LIBBY) VAN DER VALK S

Created in 2015 at a youth convening in Malta, the Commonwealth Youth Gender & Equality Network

Tourism is the backbone of Caribbean economies, however discriminatory attitudes and a colonial lega

Held in the heart of historic Westminster Abbey, Commonwealth Family Day is a lovely day for adults

It is a happy coincidence that the day the Commonwealth turns 70 is also the day I turn 28. This did

Every two years the Royal Commonwealth Society hosts an International Meeting of our branch and Asso

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It's Time to Invest in Commonwealth Values  Working in Partnership The Royal Commonwealth Socie

If, like us, you believe in equal opportunity for all Commonwealth citizens regardless of background

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is a network of individuals and organisations committed to impr

On 26 June 1868, a group of individuals in London established a ‘literary and scientific body’ dedic

The Society's diverse range of activities allows an equally diverse selection of partners and s

The Royal Commonwealth Society is incorporated by Royal Charter. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is o

Elizabeth, was selected as a Queens Young Leader and member of the Associate Fellow Network in recog

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is a network of individuals and organisations committed to impr

The Royal Commonwealth Society is proud to work in partnership with the Champions for an AIDS-Free G

Each year, from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people were selected to receive an Award and be

Inspiring Leadership, Creating a Legacy The Associate Fellow Network is made up of amazing and inspi

800 young people joined the Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth and senior Members of Th

International Women's Day (8 March 2019) is a global day celebrating the achievements of women

Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the world’s premier, inter-

“Alex, you are so lucky to be going to all of these incredible events and have these amazing opportu

Each year, The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition receives thousands of entries from across the

Commonwealth Voices is the Society's magazine containing observations on Commonwealth-wide news

Since 2010, more than 87,000 young people have participated in The Queen's Commonwealth Essay C

An opportunity for young Commonwealth citizens to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on key

A whirlwind Winners’ Week was held this November in London, to recognise the hard work and talent of

Two weeks ago I sat in a room in Sri Lanka crying. I wasn’t alone: I was with 30 other people sharin

Is it really over a month since The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition deadline? As one of this

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The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is a network of individuals and organisations committed to impr

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals across the world, and particularly

As an Associate Fellow and Queen’s Young Leader alumnus, my advocacy in the UK focuses on tackling f

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners Week was held in November in celebration of four

1. INTRODUCTION AND CONTACT DETAILS 1.1 This website is owned by the Royal Commonwealth Society. We

India and Pakistan achieved their independence from Britain 70 years ago, through the partitioning o

The Commonwealth represents a unique example of change. From what was once territories forming the B

Telling the story The story is most effective when told from the point of the view of the beneficiar

Reiterate the importance of your mission. Explain why your supporters are so important to achieving

“The death penalty has no place in the 21st century”, declared UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon in 2

Quotation about volunteering from beneficiary / staff Why volunteer Explain the benefits of voluntee

– link to impact page, if available How we did what we did Of this, xx% was from  – call to action:

building...  supporting... funding... providing... etc Budget breakdown Provide a graph / table / ex

About us Why we exist / Our vision OR eg Nobody should be in a certain way because of how they are.

I first started working on the issue of ending child marriage three years ago, supporting my colleag

How has the world you work in changed for the better thanks to you? Awards Brief description of any

Who set up the organisation and WHY?  What are the major milestones / awards / achievements that pro

Over the recent years, we have been experiencing a shift in the demographic profile of our populatio

11th February 2016 is the first ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’. It is in response

I was so amazed when I heard that I was the Junior winner of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competit

Everyday I wake up to the same monochromatic routine: brush my teeth and head to school on public tr

One could almost be forgiven for thinking that we currently live in the era of the ‘big’ judging fro

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardle

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This document (together with the documents expressly referred to in it) tells you information about

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The Royal Commonwealth Society has been the custodian of the High Commissioners' Banquet since