To facilitate business, educational and cultural collaborations between Cheshire and the Commonwealth
'I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.'
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
In 2022, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee year, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate 70 years as Head of the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s seven decades of service to the Commonwealth are an inspiring example of the steadfast commitment and important contribution we can all make to our societies.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 will ask entrants to explore the positive impact that can be achieved through dedication and selfless commitment to our Commonwealth.
The QCEC is proudly delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society, of which the Cheshire Commonwealth Association is an affiliated organisation.
The Cheshire Commonwealth Association
The Cheshire Commonwealth Association (CCA) was established under the guidance of the David Briggs, CVO, MBE KStJ and retired Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, to encourage awareness of the Commonwealth throughout Cheshire. It aims to ensure that the many benefits of business and educational collaborations with the Commonwealth are both nurtured and maximised across the County.
I really believe that there are some wonderful opportunities for Cheshire companies to trade with businesses in the Commonwealth.
My own experience of visiting many of these countries from Singapore and Fiji to India and Australia to Kenya and South Africa is that these and so many more members of the Commonwealth really value their relationship with Britain and they want to do business with us. In many there are of course also the advantages of a common language and importantly a legal system based on English Common Law which makes doing business with these countries relatively easy.
For any Cheshire company looking to expand its exports I encourage you to consider the opportunities in many Commonwealth countries .
I also hope that the Cheshire Commonwealth Association will enable you to learn about opportunities and to meet others already trading in these countries who can give you invaluable introductions. If we all work together we can all benefit.
David Briggs CVO, M.B.E., KStJ.
Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
Patron, Cheshire Commonwealth Association
The Commonwealth of Nations
The Commonwealth is one of the oldest political association of states. Its roots go back to the British Empire, although the association we know today came into being in 1949.
The modern Commonwealth covers the six regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. Thirty-one members are small states, many of which are island nations.
Membership is based on free and equal voluntary co-operation and is made up of 54 countries, and home to 2.4 billion people (approximately 1/3 of the world), working together for prosperity, democracy and peace.
Commonwealth Heads of Government to meet in Rwanda
The theme for the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), for Commonwealth Day and for the work of the Commonwealth more generally is:
Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.
This theme highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like protecting natural resources and boosting trade.
A conversation with Commonwealth Secretary-General on Progress of CHOGM 2022 Preparations
Watch The Queen's Commonwealth Day message 2021
"Stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory."
Her Majesty The Queen