Past events

Born This Way Film Screening, The Curzon Soho
26 Mar 14, 20:30

The Royal Commonwealth Society is partnering with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival for the UK premiere of the film Born This Way. The documentary offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life lives of four young gay Cameroonians.

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The Commonwealth and Human Rights: priorities from Colombo to Valletta
24 Mar 14, 18:00

This panel discussion, coordinated by the Royal Commonwealth Society, working with our partners at the Kaleidoscope Trust and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, examined the Commonwealth's human rights priorities.

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Commonwealth Games reception at City Hall
12 Mar 14, 18:30

To celebrate 'Team Commonwealth', this year's Commonwealth theme, the RCS hosted a reception at City Hall in collaboration with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.

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High Commissioners' Banquet 2014
11 Mar 14, 18:30

The Royal Commonwealth Society hosted the annual High Commissioners' Banquet at St James's Palace. TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined more than 40 High Commissioners and 130 other VIPs from every region of the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Day Observance 2014
10 Mar 14, 15:15

The 2014 Commonwealth Day Observance featured speeches from Lord Sebastian Coe, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson; a special poem from South African poet Phillippa Yaa De Villiers; a musical performance by Laura Mvula; and an address by Malala Yousafzai.

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Commonwealth Day Luncheon, Vancouver Island
10 Mar 14, 11.45am for 12 noon

To celebrate Commonwealth Day, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia hosted a luncheon at Government House.

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Commonwealth Day Reception, Hong Kong
10 Mar 14, 18.30

The RCS Hong Kong hosted a Commonwealth Day Reception at the Hong Kong Club. Attended by RCS Honk Kong President, Sir David Tang and Patron, Dame Anson Chan and Commonwealth Consuls- General, the Queen’s Speech was read by the British Consul-General.

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NZ National Commonwealth Day Observance , Wellington
10 Mar 14, 18:00

The National Observance was held in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on the evening of Commonwealth Day followed by a reception at Parliament.

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Commonwealth Day Flag Raising, Guernsey
10 Mar 14, 08.00

Assembling at the Liberation Monument, His Excellency Lieutenant Governor raised the Commonwealth national flags at 8.00 am.

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Commonwealth Day Afternoon Tea
10 Mar 14, 16.30

Commonwealth Day celebrations in London continued after the Westminster Abbey Observance, with an Afternoon Tea hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on the terrace of the House of Commons.

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Interfaith Service Celebration of Commonwealth Day, Ottawa
10 Mar 14, 19.00

The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral held an Interfaith Service in the Cathedral at
7pm 10 March, to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

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Commonwealth Day Service, Auckland
09 Mar 14

The annual Commonwealth Day Service was organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society Auckland in partnership with Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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Commonwealth Day Observance Service, Toronto
09 Mar 14, 11.00

Toronto Branch organised the Commonwealth Day Observance Service in the presence of The Honourable David C. Onley, O.Ont. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Reception with the Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Onley.

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Trinidad & Tobago's 1st Annual Carnival Fete
02 Mar 14, 14.00 - 20.00

Trinidad and Tobago is world renowned for its explosive and colourful Carnival. This year, the High Commission brought a piece of Carnival to London with their first ever All-Inclusive Fete.

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Vanessa Able: Never Mind the Bullocks, Bath
01 Mar 14, 14:45 - 15:45

The story of one woman’s 10,000 kilometre drive across India in the world’s cheapest car.

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Commonwealth Carol Service 2013
04 Dec 13

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 18:30 until 20:00

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33Fifty Launch Event
28 Nov 13, 10:00 - 12:00

Launch for 33Fifty The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme.

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2013 Post-CHOGM Briefing
26 Nov 13

Guest speaker Richard Uku – Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat, lead a conversation on the policy outcomes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place on 10-17 November 2013 in Sri Lanka.

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RCS Bath Biennial Lecture
25 Nov 13, 19:00

Lord Howell, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010 to 2012, deliver a lecture entitled: 'The Commonwealth - The Face of Britain’s Future'.

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Essay Competition 2013 Award Event
19 Nov 13, 18:30 to 20:30

To celebrate the winners of the 2013 competition and launch the 2014 competition. With Samsung tablets and CUP guests, plus New Zealand High Commissioner.

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Commonwealth Games 2014 Reception
05 Sep 13

The RCS was proud to host a reception for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and Life Skills Education
16 Apr 13

The RCS hosted an event in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation exploring the benefits that experiential learning and volunteering through youth development programmes, such as the Award, can provide for young people in

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Commonwealth Compared Launch Event
14 Mar 13

The Royal Commonwealth Society proudly launched their new research, 'Commonwealth Compared 2013: Setting the Scene' at an event on the 23 May.

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Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform Launch
14 Mar 13

The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) was launched at a VIP reception at the Royal Commonwealth Society as part of Commonwealth Week.

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Commonwealth Day Observance 2013
11 Mar 13

The annual Commonwealth Day Observance was, the United Kingdom's biggest multi-faith service, was celebrated in Westminster Abbey. Guest speakers included Sir Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson and Founder and Execuitve Director of Avaaz, Ricken Patel.

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High Commissioners' Banquet 2013
10 Mar 13

The RCS in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and Taj hosted the annual High Commissioners' Banquet at 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel.

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Launch of the State of the World Atlas
10 Jan 13

The RCS in partnership with New Internationalist and International Alert hosted the launch of Dan Smith's State of the World Atlas, described as 'the definitive reference book on the way we live now.

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Britain and the Commonwealth: Address by the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP
18 Dec 12

The RCS hosted a keynote address by the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, FCO Minister of State for the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Carol Service 2012
05 Dec 12

The RCS hosted the annual Commonwealth Carol Service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church. It featured a number of readings from Jubilee Time Capsule entrants and leading figures in the Commonwealth family, as well as musical performances.

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