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Julia Gillard

The Future of the Commonwealth

Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, reflects on her experience as a Commonwealth leader, and discusses the future role of the Commonwealth on the global stage, in particular fostering democratic values and countering radicalisation.

David Howell (Lord Howell of Guildford)

Repositioning the UK and Commonwealth Post-Brexit

David Howell (Lord Howell of Guildford), President of The Royal Commonwealth Society, looks ahead to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and highlights the opportunities for Commonwealth development and the new world trading agenda in the post-Brexit era.

Louise Martin CBE

Uniting the Commonwealth through Sport

Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, welcomes the transformative and connecting power of sport with the launch of The Queen’s Baton Relay on Commonwealth Day, and looks forward to the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Dr Joseph Muscat

Malta, the Commonwealth and the EU

Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta and Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, sets out his priorities as he and his country play two vitally important roles in the world – Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations and Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Dr Shirin S Chaudhury

Celebrating Democracy in the Commonwealth

Dr Shirin S Chaudhury, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, stresses that every effort must be made to allow people-centred, participatory democracy to develop and flourish in the Commonwealth.

Chapter taken from `Queen & Commonwealth: 90 Glorious Years'

The Queen’s Royal Commonwealth Team

“She’ll want to hand over knowing she’s done everything she possibly could to help, and that she’s got no regrets and no unfinished business; that she’s done everything she can for the country and that she’s not let anyone down — she minds an awful lot about that.”
HRH Prince William talking about the Queen in 2011

Chapters taken from `Queen & Commonwealth: 90 Glorious Years'

Through the Decades

A look at the role of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth for the last 65 years.

“I want to show that the Crown is not merely an abstract symbol of our unity, but a personal bond between you and me.”
Queen Elizabeth II, broadcasting from New Zealand for Christmas 1953.

Dr Sue Onslow

Nelson Mandela Left His Mark on the Commonwealth

Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Associate of the LSE IDEAS Africa Programme, reflects on the impact Nelson Mandela had on the Commonwealth.

Amjad Saleem

Reimagining Civil Paths to Peace in the Commonwealth

Amjad Saleem looks at the complexities around violent behaviour and its causes, and calls for civil society to be better at risk management and pursuing conflict without violence.