British Queen Elizabeth II and Head of the Commonwealth today greeted the people of Commonwealth countries.
In a message, she greeted people of all commonwealth states as Commonwealth Day would be observed tomorrow with the theme: ’A Connected Commonwealth,’ according to a statement issued by British High Commission in Dhaka.
The Queen said, “Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of London Declaration, when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members.”
“The vision and sense of connection that inspired the signatories has stood the test of time, and the Commonwealth continues to grow, adapting to address contemporary needs,” she added.
“Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth. In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Winsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people,” Elizabeth II said.
She said: “We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of cooperation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw. With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.”
“We experience this as people of all backgrounds continue to find new ways of expressing through action the value of belonging in a connected Commonwealth. I hope and trust that many more will commit to doing so this Commonwealth Day,” the Queen added.