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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.



Enter the Competition

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 is now live! Details on how to enter the competition will be shared on this page very shortly.


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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.


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News & Blogs

  • From virtual conferences to the community

    Reflecting on her recent attendance at the CPA UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change - preparing for Glasgow United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26), Asia- Pacific Region Forum and Pan-Commonwealth Forum, Shelley Addison-Bell looks at how we can be agents for change. Read more

  • RCS Gibraltar Branch partners with the Futures Forward Academy

    RCS Gibraltar Branch partners with the Futures Forward Academy, a recently established leadership academy in sustainable development. Collaboration will focus on mapping how sustainability principles and best practice can be built into the governance arrangements and formal objectives of the Gibraltar Branch. Read more

  • 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


  • 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