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 Commonwealth Service

Held in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth and celebrated on Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Service is the world’s premier, inter-faith, public event to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations.

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Our History

For over 150 years, the Society has been a pillar of Commonwealth civil society. We have welcomed leaders from across the Commonwealth including Ghana’s first Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, Oliver Tambo, Thabo Mbeki, Chief Buthelezi, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

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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

  • The Commonwealth: Towards Kigali 2021

    With the delay to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda until 2021, the UK’s Commonwealth Chair-in-Office period has been extended. On 10 September 2020 we convened Lord Ahmad, the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Patricia Ithau to discuss what will be on the trade and investment agenda for the UK, and the Commonwealth more broadly, during this period and how Covid has affected the Commonwealth. Read the report and watch the webinar to learn more. Read more

  • Not too young to make a difference

    Hannah is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Kalsom Movement, a Malaysian student-led education charity. Find out how Hannah's experience in The Kalsom Movement convinced her that you are never to young to make a difference. Read more

  • Build Our Youth for the Future

    Elisha Azeemah Bano is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society from Fiji. She was presented with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2015 for using the arts to make young people more aware of issues that affect their communities, through an organisation she created called ACT IT. Elisha describes how youth are part of the solution whether this be on climate action, peace-building or coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more