When Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 she became Head of the Commonwealth and Head of State to 15 Commonwealth realms, in addition to the United Kingdom. Throughout her reign, The Queen has embraced this important symbolic and unifying role and has placed considerable emphasis on her position and role, contributing greatly to the Commonwealth and its members. Amongst her duties have been the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and regular discussions with Commonwealth leaders and the Commonwealth Secretary-General – in all one third of her total overseas visits have been to Commonwealth countries.
The Commonwealth is an association of 54 independent states working together in the common interests of their citizens for economic and social development, democracy and peace. From Australia to Antigua, Canada to Cameroon, the Commonwealth is a remarkable international organisation, spanning every geographical region, religion and culture and includes 2 billion people, or a third of the world’s population.
This prestigious publication is a recognition of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her role as Head of the Commonwealth over the last 70 years. It is also a celebration of the diversity and vitality of the Commonwealth’s member nations and the organisations that support this unique association of states.
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