The King’s Commonwealth Day Message 2024

King Chalres III By White House

The King’s Commonwealth Day Message, read by Her Excellency Sylvanie Burton during the Commonwealth Day Ecumenical Service held at the St Gerard Hall Chapel today:

The seventy-fifth anniversary of The Commonwealth is a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey that our unique family of free and independent nations has made since 1949.

Last year, The Bahamas celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of Independence, as Grenada has this year, and Papua New Guinea will next year. Each of these milestones – and many others like them – represent the fulfilment of countless aspirations and the achievement of such remarkable potential. And the Commonwealth’s growth, with new members continuing to join our family of nations, demonstrates clearly that whilst we may not all have a shared history, we have common ambitions for a better future – working together to build resilience and respond to global challenges.

The Commonwealth family is strongest when we are connected, through friendship. As I have said before, the Commonwealth is like the wiring of a house, and its people, our energy and our ideas are the current that runs through those wires. Together and individually, we are strengthened by sharing perspectives and experiences, and by offering and borrowing the myriad ways we have each tackled the challenges of our time. This is true both at the level of nations and, indeed, at the local level.

We recognize today that our diversity is our greatest strength. The Commonwealth represents a third of humanity, from all regions of the world, with all the different experiences, knowledge, and aspirations that this brings. Wherever we live, we are united by the many challenges we face – whether it be climate change, the loss of Nature, or the social and economic changes that new technologies are bringing. Our diversity means that these challenges affect us all differently and that we experience their impacts in different ways. Their seriousness, however, is common to each one of us.

All of this means that we must work together to understand each other’s perspectives, including the inequalities and injustices which still resonate to this day. We must find ways of healing, and to support each other to pursue solutions. I cannot say often enough that it is by coming together that we create the best chances to improve our world and the lives of people everywhere. Indeed, over the years countless people across the Commonwealth have been inspired to form their own Commonwealth Associations, from lawyers and accountants, to business and trade networks, and many more besides. The work they do is absolutely vital, sharing professional knowledge, experience, and expertise across the Continents for the betterment of each one of us.

The Commonwealth, above all, retains a particular focus on our young people, who make up two-thirds of the entire Commonwealth population. Whether in Kenya or Malaysia, Vanuatu or Dominica, Malta, or Canada, I never cease to be impressed by their creativity, innovative skills, and hard work, often in the most challenging circumstances. Their energy is transforming approaches to development, technology and preserving and restoring Nature and will, I hope, help to shape, and safeguard our common future.

Having recently celebrated my own seventy-fifth birthday, it warms my heart to reflect on the way the Commonwealth has been a constant throughout my own life – a precious source of strength, inspiration, and pride. In recent weeks, I have been most deeply touched by your wonderfully kind and thoughtful good wishes for my health and, in return, can only continue to serve you, to the best of my ability, throughout the Commonwealth. My belief in our shared endeavours and in the potential of our people remains as sure and strong as it has ever been. I have no doubt that we will continue to support one another across the Commonwealth as, together, we continue this vital journey.

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12 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 15, 2024

    Charles, here is another that needs your attention; years ago when you were young I resided on Carters Mead in Harlow Essex off Potters street. It was alleged that you were in favor of your government paying the way to get all black people out of England back to their country of origin: true or false, that takes me to the situation of the quantity of West Indians (Caribbean people) mostly Jamaicans, which your government refers to as the Windrush.
    Note:The British troopship HMT Empire Windrush anchored at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 21 June 1948 carrying hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean hoping for a new life in Britain. No need for me to reminded you to this day some of the people or their decedents has no immigration status in England; what’s your resolve?
    How can you boast about Commonwealth on a journey, when there are people from your former colonies with no immigration status in your country, which prevents them from participating fully socially and economically

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 15, 2024

    “Commonwealth a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey that our unique family of free and independent nations has made since 1949.”(Charles).
    I asks you; a journey to where?
    In my opinion this thing or name should be abolished; that word “commonwealth” means nothing except to you Charles it represents a continuation of colonization. It is said “The mandate of the Commonwealth is to serve the needs of its member government and their citizens in political, economic, and social development.” How can this be after hundreds of years of dominating, and plundering of Africa, and the Caribbean; the British, your government coerced the nations of the Caribbean into independence?
    Dominica since then continues to struggle, what has the monarchy granted financially or economically to aid in the development of Dominica? The fifty million pounds given long depleted?
    The commonwealth is only in name, there is nothing of benefits emanating from such name therefore it should be…

  3. Shaka Zulu
    March 13, 2024

    Charles can kiss my black behind. Commonwealth my Asterix. We talk about all man equal in eyes of most high. why do we keep elevating these enslavers over us. tell Charles an his British con man wealth to go shove it.

  4. Lin clown
    March 12, 2024

    Man you are just a Jacka,you supported(UK) him putting visa restriction on Dominica.Traitorous jellsanti.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 16, 2024

      Shut up clown, you damn fool Charles can’t impose any visas restrictions on Dominica or any other country!
      His position as “king” is ceremonial, the elected government decides, they table laws and hands the documents to him to sign, his duties are just a little above to that of the so called waste of time Dominica president.

  5. Arshia
    March 12, 2024

    Roosevelt Skerrit should apologize to King Charles as soon as possible and restore relations with England, Ireland and Canada and restore the power of Dominica’s passport. King Charles is the biggest supporter of Dominica and Roosevelt Skerrit is the biggest traitor to Dominica.

    • Pat
      March 15, 2024

      No, we can’t go back there to that dark hole of England, Ireland and Canada. It’s all fake, masked with aid as if they’re doing your leaders a favor with requirements, but no good.

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 12, 2024

    Charles, since you conveyed: “the people of Dominica are a resilient people” after you saw the damage a hurricane done to the island, to every comment most Dominican make, after every sentence, they add the word resilient!
    And so the term resilient, or resiliency is overused in Dominica. I am asking you to give them another word, to excite and stimulate their brain, especially that of the corrupted crook Roosevelt who on the morning after the hurricane declared, “we are invincible” meaning Dominicans are invincible; however, after he heard you said “the people of Dominica are resilient; to this day that word has become synonymous in Dominica!
    Everything in Dominica has since become resilient; Dominica has become the first resilient country in the world, in one day!
    Everything in the country even humans are compressed and as soon as the pressure is mechanically released, the people returns to their original form; our people are no longer subjected to death, all due to…

  7. Let's Face It
    March 12, 2024

    Just give independence to all the countries your ancestors gave fake independence to recolonize them and have them join England’s ‘commonwealth’. Return all gold to Africa, close the British museum and return everything to rightful owners before William replaces you. Similarly the French had African countries sign for continued colonization, to place 85% of their reserves in the bank of Paris, then 1st right to their resources discovered and undiscovered. Will you all just stop.

    • Waiting For Airport
      March 13, 2024

      @Let’s Face It – ‘just give independence’ – stupid notion, a winner will never reward the loser. Africans and the diaspora are the ones who have to stop selling out. Stop selling their own into slavery, stop selling out to the Chinese/Europeans and start building African (army, schools, hospitals, intelligence, technology) everything for Africans – Only then can we TAKE what is ours, the begging them thing has never worked and it never will!

  8. out of south city
    March 11, 2024

    All these titles, “her excellency” “his worship,” “lord,” etc., are British Colonial words. Why do we still use these words if we are an independent nation? Why do we still look to Europe? They use the word commonwealth and I ask, what common wealth do we share with them? Don’t they possess all the wealth that was stolen from different countries? It is time that we shake ourselves loose from colonial powers. We still look for crumbs that fall from massa’s table. Enough is enough!!!!

  9. Waiting For Airport
    March 11, 2024

    boy lang patat mamaw! about commonwealth message… old slave master you be, and them media platforms like DNO still supporting your coloniser antics… set of sell outs!

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