Commonwealth Day Message of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

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Theme: ‘Towards a Common Future’
We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives
are enriched when we learn from others. Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life
from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively
towards a common future. There is a very special value in the insights we gain
through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome
difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.
We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together
young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth.
These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and
commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more
prosperous and sustainable. Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many
Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of
welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and
Sport also contributes to building peace and development. The excitement
and positive potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy
the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contributing to the
success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of
Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through
larger associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our
communities. By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure
that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even
greater impact on people’s lives, today, and for future generations.

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