Strength and opportunity comes from being connected

Vision and mission

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. We champion the importance of literacy, equality and inclusion, the environment and connected communities across the Commonwealth’s 54 member nations.



The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 is now live! Watch as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Vice-Patron of the Society announces the 2021 theme, 'Community in the Commonwealth' with the 2020 winners and runners-up.


Author: Benjamin Hodge

The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message 2021

Listen to, read or download Her Majesty The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message 2021. In this year's Commonwealth Day Message The Queen pays tribute to the way in which communities across the family of nations have come together in response to the pandemic.


Author: Elizabeth van der Valk

Our Impact


essay competition entries written across the Commonwealth since 2010


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The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy


young change-makers across the Commonwealth

News & Blogs

  • Commonwealth Day in Ireland 2021

    This Commonwealth Day, the RCS Ireland team offer our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We honour all frontline workers in Ireland and across the Commonwealth, as they battle the impact of the coronavirus. Read more

  • The Road to CHOGM 2021

    Watch as Dr Vincent Biruta, Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth explore the road to CHOGM. Read more

  • In conversation with RCS Ambassador, Alexandra Burke

    This Commonwealth and International Women's Day our Chair, Dr Linda Yueh moderated a webinar on gender equality in the Commonwealth with RCS Ambassador, Alexandra Burke and CYGEN ExCo Members Ola Abagun and Nafesha Richardson. Watch the discussion in full. Read more


  • High Commissioner's Banquet

    Held at Guildhall in partnership with the City of London Corporation the event is an annual opportunity to bring together the Commonwealth's London-based diplomatic representatives and UK and Commonwealth thought and business leaders. Read more