Past events

Model Commonwealth Summit, Bath
03 Dec 16, 9.30 - 17:00 to 03 Dec 16

The Model Commonwealth Summit in Bath will allow young people aged 18 to 28 to take part in a model Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where they will represent Heads of Commonwealth Governments for the day and discuss Commonwealth issues.

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South Wales Youth Summit
11 Nov 16, All Day to 12 Nov 16

The RCS is working with RCS Wales, WE, Schools and Coleg Gwent to deliver a South Wales Youth Summit in Crosskeys, Wales. Workshops and a Model Commonwealth Summit will make up this two-day event.

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South African Visitor Visa Campaign Launch
02 Nov 16, 18:30 - 20:30 to 02 Nov 16

The Royal Commonwealth Society and its partners are launching a campaign to help restore visa-free travel for South African visitors to the UK.

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Hidden Histories - Discovering Indigenous London
08 Sep 16, 6.00pm - 7.30pm to 08 Sep 16

Border Crossings' new documentary film: Hidden Histories - Discovering Indigenous London, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance.

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En Plein Air Windsor and Eton 2016
16 Jul 16 to 16 Jul 16

Artists are invited from around the globe to come and create their own masterpieces in the world’s most famous and largest inhabited castle - Windsor

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UK-India visa report launch
05 Jul 16, 1600 - 1700 to 05 Jul 16

The Royal Commonwealth Society and its partners warmly invite you to the launch of our latest report on Indian visitors to the UK.

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Jamaican Pulse, Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora.
25 Jun 16 to 11 Sep 16

The Royal West of England Academy RWA) has its finger on the pulse of the growing international audience for Jamaican visual art with this important new exhibition, the first exhibition of its kind to be held outside of Jamaica.

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Higher education and the challenge of the youth bulge for the Commonwealth
16 Jun 16, 10:45 - 15:30 to 16 Jun 16

This year's Annual Conference will focus on the growing crisis in higher education provision across many Commonwealth countries, as countries struggle to meet the demand of the ever-increasing number of young people exiting secondary schools.

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Commonwealth Fine Food and Drink Market
12 Jun 16, 11.00 - 17:00 to 12 Jun 16

The Duke of York Square Fine Food Market and the Royal Commonwealth Society invite you to this special Fine Food and Drink market in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

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The Patron's Lunch
12 Jun 16, 10.00 - 16:30 to 12 Jun 16

On Sunday 12th June 2016, The Mall will be transformed into the largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

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Finance and Banking Master Workshop
19 May 16 to 20 May 16

A new concept in further education by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association in a series of small events bringing international expertise to your local jurisdiction.

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Malta - a small country with a big influence on the world stage
14 Apr 16, 19:00 - 20:30 to 14 Apr 16

Following the successful 2015 Malta CHOGM, Malta will be chairing the Commonwealth until 2018 and in 2017 will be assuming the Presidency of the EU for a critical six month period, Malta's role is pivotal.

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Going for Gold!
13 Apr 16, 19:30 to 13 Apr 16

A talk by the Director of Sport (Team Bath) Stephen Baddeley with a special guest appearance from Megan Fletcher, Commonwealth Gold Medallist (Judo)

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'An Inclusive Commonwealth': The Power of Youth Networks
06 Apr 16, 18:30 - 21:00 to 06 Apr 16

With over 60% of Commonwealth citizens under the age of 30, this panel discussion will explore how 'An Inclusive Commonwealth' can ensure young people are involved in social, economic and political decision-making.

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Commonwealth Day Celebration Drinks
14 Mar 16, 17:00 to 14 Mar 16

A special gathering in celebration of Commonwealth Day will take place at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) co-hosted by ROSL and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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Achieving an Inclusive Commonwealth - What role for education?
14 Mar 16, 09:45 - 12:30 to 14 Mar 16

'Achieving an Inclusive Commonwealth - what role for education? takes its objective from this year's Commonwealth theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth' and seeks to explore the dynamic inter-relationship between education, inclusion and equity

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The 2015 Commonwealth Round Table Lecture
27 Nov 15, 6pm to 27 Nov 15

The 2015 Commonwealth Round Table Lecture will be delivered by the distinguished former Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Lawrence Gonzi.

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The Climate Challenge
26 Nov 15, 16:00 - 21:00 to 26 Nov 15

The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) would like to invite you to our Climate Challenge conference and drinks reception we are hosting in Malta this year, alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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The 2015 Malta Summit - The Commonwealth's New Beginnings?
24 Nov 15, 9.00am to 24 Nov 15

One-Day Conference previewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

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Justice and the SDGs
22 Nov 15, 9:00 to 22 Nov 15

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and CIVICUS are hosting a CHOGM side event on Justice and the SDGs: Promoting and inclusive approach to participatory policy making

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Heritage of the Commonwealth
17 Nov 15, 6.30pm to 17 Nov 15

A reception in support of the Empowerment of Rural Women in Jamaica, Ghana and Grenada.

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Canadian Election Night Social
19 Oct 15, 19:00 to 21:00

The new NLC Commonwealth Circle is hosting a get-together where all are welcome to join and discuss and socialise on the eve of the Canadian election.

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The Commonwealth Equality Network Panel Discussion
14 Oct 15, 18:00 to 14 Oct 15

Our partners The Commonwealth Equality Network will be hosting a panel discussion featuring visiting members of the Network from across the Commonwealth. They will share their experience of working in countries where same sex relations are criminalised.

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London Commonwealth Youth Summit
03 Oct 15, 10am - 5pm to 03 Oct 15

A one day simulation of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. A unique chance for young people to act as a Head of Government for one of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, and to role-play participation in a major international meeting.

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Adding Global Value: Women's Views on CHOGM
01 Oct 15, 18:00 to 01 Oct 15

The Royal Commonwealth Society and Royal Over-Seas League will jointly be hosting a special event in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 'Adding Global Value: Women's Views on CHOGM'.

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The 2015 Alice Hemming Lunch
18 Sep 15, 12.30 for 1.00pm to 18 Sep 15

The Commonwealth Countries League invites you to the 2015 Alice Hemming Lunch in support of the CCL Alumnae Association and an illustrated presentation of the report Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth: the role of education.

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Saved by the Bell - UK school children's understanding of the Commonwealth
09 Sep 15, 10.00 - 11.00 to 09 Sep 15

Launch event and briefing: Saved by the Bell - UK school children's understanding of the Commonwealth. New paper produced by Commonwealth Exchange in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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Westminster Hall Mock Trial
31 Jul 15, 18:00 to 31 Jul 15

On 31 July, a representative group of a dozen or so modern-day barons and bishops will help mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by facing a mock trial at Westminster Hall.

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The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Forum
13 May 15 to 17 May 15

A five-day residential programme bringing together young professionals and experts in an inter-generational learning environment for the purpose of capacity-building the group through workshops, discussions and training sessions.

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
11 May 15, 18.00 to 11 May 15

The Kaleidoscope Trust's Annual Lecture to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

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Joint Societies Luncheon
25 Mar 15, 12.30

Invitation to lunch at The House of Lords

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Commonwealth Day Observance 2015
09 Mar 15

The Commonwealth Day Observance, the UK’s largest multi-faith celebration, takes place annually at Westminster Abbey on the second Monday in March.

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Commonwealth Day Celebration Drinks
09 Mar 15

A special gathering in celebration of Commonwealth Day will take place at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) co-hosted by ROSL and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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Commonwealth Day Observance: Schools' and Youth Groups' Registration 2015
03 Dec 14 to 27 Jan 15

UK schools and youth groups are invited to register their interest in attending the 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey on Monday 9 March 2015.

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Oxford Climate Forum
21 Nov 14 to 22 Nov 14

The next Oxford Climate Forum will be held on the 21st and 22nd November 2014 at the Oxford Mathematical Institute.

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Michael Palin's Lecture in Aid of Protimos
11 Nov 14, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm to 11 Nov 14

Protimos is delighted to invite you to '25 years of Travelling', a lecture by Michael Palin, well-known for his experiences as a world-wide traveller, and as an entertaining speaker.

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25th Anniversary Auction of ChildHope
11 Nov 14, 7:00 pm to 11 Nov 14

ChildHope is holding a charity auction on its 25th Anniversary to raise £25,000 towards their work with street and working children around the world.

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Ebola Outbreak Roadshow - Manchester
23 Oct 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm to 23 Oct 14

Sierra Leone urgently and desperately needs your invaluable medical and technical expertise.

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Ebola Outbreak Roadshow - London
20 Oct 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm to 20 Oct 14

Sierra Leone urgently and desperately needs your invaluable medical and technical expertise.

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The NZ-UK Link Foundation Inaugural Annual Lecture
16 Oct 14, 17:00 to 16 Oct 14

Featuring Professor Sir Hew Strachan from the University of Oxford, on ‘Democracy or Empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War'.

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Magna Carta Guildhall Dinner
13 Oct 14 to 13 Oct 14

Fundraising dinner for the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Trust

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A Night at the Opera at ROSL
19 Sep 14, 19:00 to 19 Sep 14

In a unique evening of culture, the innovative Opera Up Close bring one of their sparkling performances to the Royal Over-seas League

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Sport as Persuasion and Power in the Modern World
31 Jul 14 to 31 Jul 14

A conference discussing 'Sport as Persuasion and Power in the Modern World'.

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Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Reception
23 Jul 14, 18:00 to 23 Jul 14

Join us for live music, cocktails and Commonwealth-themed foods at a dynamic outdoor reception in the ROSL Garden. Afterwards, enjoy the Opening Ceremony in the lap of luxury in a choice of TV rooms at the clubhouse.

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The Commonwealth at 65 – from London to Valletta
21 Jul 14, 6:30pm - 8:00pm to 21 Jul 14

Public lecture in which Dr Muscat will consider the future of the Commonwealth.

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City of London Festival
14 Jul 14, 19:30 to 14 Jul 14

The City of London is working with Glasgow Life to present ‘Curtain Raiser’ for the culture programme of the Commonwealth Games in The Guildhall.

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Team Commonwealth and Goals in Education
01 Jul 14, 10:00 - 16:00 to 01 Jul 14

The Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) hosts their annual conference on ‘Team Commonwealth and Goals in Education.’

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Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit Fringe
12 Jun 14, 9:00 - 20:30 to 12 Jun 14

The UK Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.

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The Future of Public Broadcasting in the Commonwealth
10 Jun 14, 11:00 to 10 Jun 14

We will be hosting a special event at the Australian High Commission on 'The Future of Public Broadcasting in the Commonwealth – an International Perspective’

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RCS Canada Conference & AGM
29 May 14, 17.00 to 01 Jun 14

2014 National Conference “Leadership & Development in Today’s Commonwealth”

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

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 to 24 Mar 14

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 to 11 Mar 14

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 to 10 Mar 14

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 to 10 Mar 14

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 to 10 Mar 14

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 to 10 Mar 14

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 to 10 Mar 14

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 to 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 to 09 Mar 14

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 to 02 Mar 14

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 to 01 Mar 14

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 to 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 to 28 Nov 13

Launch for 33Fifty The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme.

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2013 Post-CHOGM Briefing
26 Nov 13 to 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 to 25 Nov 13

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 19 Nov 13

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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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 Games 2014 Reception
13 Mar 13

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

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Commonwealth Day Observance 2013
11 Mar 13 to 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 to 07 Jul 14

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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