Commonwealth: 53 nations' bonds is vital, says Queen
The Queen will today hail the continued role of the Commonwealth, saying what the member states share is more important now than at any point in its history.
She will use her Commonwealth Day radio message to say its 53 nations are "guardians of a precious flame" with an obligation to keep it burning brightly for decades to come.
In a Westminster Abbey broadcast, she will warn that "when common goals fall apart, so does the exchange of ideas. And if people no longer trust or understand each other, the talking will soon stop too". She will say that the organisation's members have drawn on their shared history to act on the "huge advantages of mutual co-operation and understanding" to the benefit of their citizens.