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.



Our Strategic Plan

Our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan outlines how we will focus on four impactful areas: literacy, equality and inclusion, the environment and connected communities to best contribute to our vision: to improve the lives and prospects of all Commonwealth citizens. Find out more.


Author: Elizabeth van der Valk

Support our Christmas Appeal

This Christmas, help us achieve our aim of preventing one million items of plastic entering our waters by 2025. For every £1 donated we will pick up one item of plastic waste.


Author: Elizabeth van der Valk

Target amount: £250,000.00

Amount raised: £1,266.88

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

  • Royal Commonwealth Society Antigua-Barbuda Branch launches

    On 31st May 2021, the Antigua and Barbuda Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society was launched at Government house in St John's. Find out more about the launch and their upcoming activities. Read more

  • RCS Nigeria Branch promotes the QCEC 2021 in a Public Presentation ceremony.

    On Thursday, 10 June 2021 the Royal Commonwealth Society Nigeria Branch organised a public presentation of 2021 edition of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 at Banquet Hall, Government House, Ilorin Kwara State Nigeria to encourage students to participate and enter the 2021 competition. Read more

  • Commonwealth Cook Up

    Godfrey Hall, Chair of the RCS Bath and District Branch shares with us details of their recent 'Commonwealth Cook Up' event. The online event involved participants from across the Commonwealth and featured live recipe demonstrations from countries such as Zambia and Canada amongst others. Find out more and try the sample recipe from Australia. Read more


  • High Commissioners' 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

  • The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Awards Ceremony 2021

    Each year we are delighted to celebrate the Winners and Runners-up of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition. We look forward to announcing the winners of the 2021 competition in due course. Please note the date, time and venue of the Awards Ceremony is TBC. Read more

  • The Commonwealth Service

    Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, and held in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Service is the world's premier inter-faith, public event to celebrate the Commonwealth. Read more