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.

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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.

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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.

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Author: Elizabeth van der Valk

Our Impact

100,000+

essay competition entries written across the Commonwealth since 2010

11,532,337

hectares are now part of
The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

1,400

young change-makers across the Commonwealth

News & Blogs

  • Regional Co-ordinators for 2020-2022 appointed

    We are delighted to welcome Regional Co-ordinators for Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific and look forward to working with them to improve the lives and prospects of all Commonwealth citizens. Read more

  • 13,000 reasons for a better future

    With 13,000 entries from across the Commonwealth we are delighted to announce that judging is now complete and certificates are available to download at competitions.thercs.org. Congratulations to all who entered! Read more

  • How to Take Care of Your Mental Health as a Young Leader

    This Mental Health Day, Associate Fellow Rianna Patterson from Dominica shares her advice on how to take care of your mental health as a young leader. Read more

Events

  • The Commonwealth Service 2021 - Cancelled

    Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth Service, which was due to be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 8 March 2021, has been cancelled.  Read more

  • In conversation with RCS Ambassador, Alexandra Burke

    This Commonwealth Day and International Women's Day, watch as Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Dr Linda Yueh, speaks with Alexandra Burke about why she became an inaugural Ambassador for the Society and on the importance of gender equality in the Commonwealth. Read more

  • Webinar: The Road to CHOGM

    Join us at 12PM GMT on 11 March 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. Register to attend. Read more