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  • Jamaica joined 52 other nations in marking Commonwealth Day on March 9 with a celebration hosted by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House.
  • The event, under the theme: ‘A Young Commonwealth’ was organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, and featured the reading of the Commonwealth message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor-General, who also raised a toast to the Queen.
  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in March every year.

Jamaica joined 52 other nations in marking Commonwealth Day on March 9 with a celebration hosted by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House.

The event, under the theme: ‘A Young Commonwealth’ was organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, and featured the reading of the Commonwealth message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor-General, who also raised a toast to the Queen.

British High Commissioner, His Excellency David Fitton, brought greetings, while Duke of Edinburgh’s International Regional Director for the Americas, David Clarke, provided details about the youth award programme.

There were also cultural performances, including a traditional Indian dance by sisters Chantelle and Rachelle Beirsay, and poetry reading by Merl Grove High School student, Tashika Jones, who is a gold medal winner in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition.

The day also featured exhibitions of traditional items from Guyana and South Africa.

In her statement, Her Majesty said the Commonwealth can only flourish if its ideas and ideals continue to be young and fresh and relevant to all generations.

“The youthfulness and vitality that motivate our collective endeavours were seen in abundance last year (at the Commonwealth Games) in Glasgow,” she said, while also highlighting the meeting of talented young scientists from universities and research institutes with eminent professors and pioneers of discovery, at the Commonwealth Science Conference in India held November 2014.

“These are stirring examples of what is meant by ‘A Young Commonwealth’. It is a globally diverse and inclusive community that opens up new possibilities for development through trust and encouragement,” Her Majesty said.

She further commented that Commonwealth Day provides each person, as members of the worldwide family, with a chance to recommit themselves to upholding the values of the Commonwealth Charter.

“It has the power to enrich us all, but, just as importantly in an uncertain world, it gives us a good reason to keep talking,” Her Majesty said.

Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in March every year.

It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.

The Royal Commonwealth Society, founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world.