Commonwealth has stood test of times says Queen Elizabeth

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 11th March, 2019, ( – The head of the group of nations referred to as the Commonwealth, has expressed confidence that even after seven decades of existence, the organization has been able survive and to grow, while also adapting to address contemporary needs.

Queen Elizabeth said in a special message on Monday, to commemorate the occasion that after 70 years, the vision and sense of connection that inspired the signatories has stood the test of time.

She said, “Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth.”
St. Kitts and Nevis is amongst the over 50 countries across the world that are celebrating Commonwealth Day.

This day, said the Queen, has a special significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members.

“In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people,” stated the 93 year old monarch.

She said that the member countries are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that they share.
That optimistic forecast, said the Queen, is also driven by the networks of cooperation and mutual support to which they contribute, and on which they draw.

But she added that with enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.

“We experience this as people of all backgrounds continue to find new ways of expressing through action the value of belonging in a connected Commonwealth. I hope and trust that many more will commit to doing so this Commonwealth Day, stated the monarch.