Commonwealth Day is an opportunity for all 53 countries of this unique network to not only celebrate our rich, shared history, but to look ahead to the future successes we will enjoy together.
I came into office with a strong belief in the principles that underpin our alliance and I am proud that the UK has revitalised its relationship with our Commonwealth partners over the last few years.
Working together we can help to ensure that this network – one of the world’s greatest and most established – realises its unquestionable potential. A potential that will continue to lift its members’ prosperity for years to come and to uphold the principle of political freedom across the world. A potential that also relies on future generations embracing the Commonwealth and all it has to offer in the way that we have done.
That’s why it is particularly fitting that this year’s theme of ‘A Young Commonwealth’ recognises the role of young people across the Commonwealth. Almost two thirds of the Commonwealth’s population are under the age of 30 and it is vital that we ensure that their voice is heard. They will be the guardians of our open societies and open economies, guiding the Commonwealth throughout the 21st century.