The Commonwealth

Queen's Diamond Jubilee logo

In 2012 every Commonwealth Realm was visited by a member of the Royal Family to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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The Queen celebrated Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey on 12 March 2012

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The Commonwealth is a remarkable international organisation, spanning every geographical region, religion and culture. The Queen is Head of State of 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the UK

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The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth for 60 years. This is an important symbolic and unifying role which reinforces the links by which the Commonwealth joins people together from around the world

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The Queen and the Commonwealth: an introduction

Find out more about The Queen's role as Head of the Commonwealth

The Queen makes a speech as Head of the Commonwealth © PA

Commonwealth Time Capsule

The Royal Commonwealth Society asked members of the public to contribute their stories to create a 'people's history' of the Commonwealth during the 60 years of The Queen's reign

The Commonwealth Time capsule website

Commonwealth Visits

Details of Commonwealth visits by members of the Royal Family in 2012 and visits by The Queen during her reign

The Commonwealth Realms and the Diamond Jubilee

What does the term 'Commonwealth Realm' mean? Find out which countries are Commonwealth Realms and what celebrations are taking place in them during Diamond Jubilee year

The Queen with the 15 Governors-General of the Commonwealth ©PA

Commonwealth Day 2012

The Queen celebrated Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey on 12 March 2012

The Queen celebrated Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey © PA

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

A new charitable Trust was created to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Members of the public will be able to donate to charity via the Trust © PA