New Zealand

Auckland Observance Choir

Commonwealth Day was observed in both Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand. An Observance was held in Wellington’s Cathedral of St Paul on the evening of Commonwealth Day and was followed by a reception at Parliament. Katherine McIndoe, winner of last year's Commonwealth Essay Competition, delivered an address at the service. The Governor-General delivered The Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message and the Hon Chris Finlayson QC represented the Government and delivered the Prime Minister’s Message. The Royal Commonwealth Society of Auckland celebrated the 2014 theme, ‘Team Commonwealth’ in Auckland Cathedral, with speakers from sport, schools and youth organizations, Members of Parliament, Consuls, and notable local body representatives. 

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Meeting

The Round-table of Commonwealth Countries in Dominican Republic hosted a gathering to mark the Day of the Commonwealth around the world on Monday 10 March, with government officials, diplomats and business leaders.


Aus Victoria Reception

The Council of the British and Commonwealth Society in Victoria, Australia held a reception at the RCS headquarters which was hosted by the Chairman of the CBCS Mr. George McNaughton. The Guest of Honour was the Honorary Consul-General for Canada, Mr. Dennis Cliché. 30 Council members attended. This occasion was followed by a dinner on Commonwealth Day at the RCS attended by 33 members including guest of Honour Mr. Victor Grech – Consul General of Malta in Victoria.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Reception

The RCS in Hong Kong celebrated Commonwealth Day with a cocktail reception attended by over 70 guests. The Queen's Speech was read by Mrs Karen Bell, Deputy British Consul General, following a welcome by the RCS in HK President, Sir David Tang. The reception was attended by the Consuls General of Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa, amongst others.


The RCS in Cameroon organised a three-day international conference and a capacity building workshop at the University of Douala to commemorate Commonwealth Observance Week.


To celebrate Commonwealth Day, the RCS in Newfoundland held a tea party for members and guests. Past president John Moyes read Her Majesty the Queen's message. The RCS of Prince Edward Island observed Commonwealth Day by hosting a special reception and luncheon at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Their Honours, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island and Mrs. Dorothy Lewis were in attendance.


His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, General Sir John McColl, and Lady McColl invited the local branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society to hold its Commonwealth Day Reception at Government House. The Reception was attended by nearly 70 people including eleven international conservation trainees who are currently studying at the Durrell Conservation Academy and representatives of the Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey. His Excellency read HM The Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message.


Her Majesty's the Queen's message will be read by Sir Victor Glover at the studio of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation at the Final of the Public Speaking Competition on Wednesday 27th March.  Extracts will be broadcast on TV.


The RCS Nigeria celebrated Commonwealth Day on the 12th of March with a Commonwealth Cultural Display and by honouring Nigerians who have contributed  to the Commonwealth’s most pressing issues.