News and publications News & Blog HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Encourages Entries To The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 Today, we celebrate World English Language Day and recognise the shared language that connects Commonwealth nations. English is spoken as a first or second language across the Commonwealth and serves as a lingua franca for citizens to share their ideas and experiences. The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition has been gathering English language entries of aspiring young writers' thoughts on key contemporary issues since 1883. With children across the Commonwealth out of school, we are delighted to share the below message from our Vice-Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, inspiring children and young people to enter The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020. Full details on The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition can be found on our website. Downloadable Resources: 1. Promotional Competition Flyer. 2. A3 Poster for classrooms or libraries. 3. Introductory Powerpoint Presentation. 4. Guide for teachers uploading on the online platform.