His Majesty The King’s Commonwealth Day Message



13th March, 2023

Commonwealth Day was an occasion of particular pride for my beloved Mother, The late Queen – a treasured opportunity to celebrate our Commonwealth family, to whose service she dedicated her long and remarkable life.

In succeeding Her Majesty as Head of the Commonwealth, I draw great strength from her example, together with all that I have learnt from the extraordinary people I have met, throughout the Commonwealth, over so many years.

The Commonwealth has been a constant in my own life, and yet its diversity continues to amaze and inspire me. Its near-boundless potential as a force for good in the world demands our highest ambition; its sheer scale challenges us to unite and be bold.

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Charter of the Commonwealth, which gives expression to our defining values – peace and justice; tolerance, respect and solidarity; care for our environment, and for the most vulnerable among us.

These are not simply ideals. In each lies an imperative to act, and to make a practical difference in the lives of the 2.6 billion people who call the Commonwealth home.

Whether on climate change and biodiversity loss, youth opportunity and education, global health, or economic co-operation, the Commonwealth can play an indispensable role in the most pressing issues of our time. Ours is an association not just of shared values, but of common purpose and joint action.

In this we are blessed with the ingenuity and imagination of a third of the world’s population, including one and a half billion people under the age of thirty. Our shared humanity contains such precious diversity of thought, culture, tradition and experience. By listening to each other, we will find so many of the solutions that we seek.

This extraordinary potential, which we hold in common, is more than equal to the challenges we face. It offers us unparalleled strength not merely to face the future, but to build it. Here, the Commonwealth has an incredible opportunity, and responsibility, to create a genuinely durable future – one that offers the kind of prosperity that is in harmony with Nature and that will also secure our unique and only planet for generations to come.

The myriad connections between our nations have sustained and enriched us for more than seven decades. Our commitment to peace, progress and opportunity will sustain us for many more.

Let ours be a Commonwealth that not only stands together, but strives together, in restless and practical pursuit of the global common good.

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  1. no mention of reparations for slavery? Time this relic gave back his and his families ill gotten gains and quietly went away

  2. The PM has indicated that he will be calling for a referendum to remove the Monachy as head of states and to make Antigua a Republican country.

    Will the PM et al be putting principles above status and boycott the Coronation?

  3. The Commonwealth is a farse and a scam. Gaston will not pass up the opportunity to be photographed with Charles the Man Boy.

  4. If Gaston do attend the Coronation, which I am sure he will, then his claim for getting rid of the Monachy and reparations is nonsense.

    Boycotting the Coronation would signalled a clear message… te time is coming where will no longer have old relics as head of our country.

    Gaston, may surprise us and put principles above status…in the meantime I look out see if pigs are flying!!

  5. Commonwealth, what Commonwealth?

    Even the word “common” indicates that these cretinous people think that they are better than the rest of us.

    I’m a self made man, and I’m no commoner. Tarl!

    Why do people of colour still listen and bow down to these vomitous scroungers – it just beggars belief!!!

    Gaston promised to step out from this bondage … I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another lie!

      • @Brixtonian,
        I am in full support with your views, but Gaston does no the difference between truth and lies.

        It is envisaged that on the day when the pegans comes out in their pagan costumes and outdated tradition, GB will be visible and thereafter he will be appealing to the nation to extinguish links with the gothic pegan relic!!

  6. Charles “The Man-Boy’ inherited over $ in Sterling currency. What’s the origins of the wealth for an individual who has not worked a day in his life.
    First, I say: “The Man-Boy’ for one only have to look at his statements “Mommy this”, “Mommy that”, “Mommy everything”.
    Second: Becoming a republic is just talk. Barbuda did it so it’s time for Antigua and Barbuda. The clowns have no thoughtful ideas about the merits of being a Republic.
    Three: Remember when the Opposition says it’s time for Independence? What did V.C. Bird, Lester Bird and the gang say? We are not ready for Independence. Soon after they Antigua Labor Party got reelected; it was Independence time. Today they take credit for bringing Antigua and Barbuda into Independence.
    Four: ABLP will push for Antigua and Barbuda to become a republic shortly especially with their slim margin in Parliament; just like they did with Independence. Antigua and Barbuda will become a republic with its flawed boilerplate Constitution.
    Five: What Reparations? Let me hear about that.

  7. @Southwell, Gaston and his yes men and woman are looking money, if the UK and other European countries were to make financial representation, and Gaston Browne could access the money,
    ordinary Antiguans would not see a cent.

    In 1942, the Americans evicted my ancestors from High Point down to where the airport is located.

    The Americans agreed to compensate us, to build houses, school, create a model village with improved infa structures: drainage, running water direct to homes, no outdoors latrines, unfortunately, the compensatory package was handed to ALP and NewWinthropes, 80 years later are still waiting to see the plans for the model village as was promised to my ancestors.

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