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First Commonwealth Day since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II to be celebrated next week

First Commonwealth Day since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II to be celebrated next week

Staff Reporter

COMMONWEALTH Day will be celebrated on 13 March this year, which will mark the first Commonwealth Day celebration since the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This will also be the first Commonwealth Day to be presided over by His Majesty King Charles III as King and Head of the Commonwealth. In addition, this year’s Commonwealth Day also marks the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Commonwealth Charter, which was signed by Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11 March 2013.

Commonwealth Day is commemorated annually on the second Monday in March. This year the day will be celebrated under the theme “Forging a sustainable and peaceful common future”.

PICTURED: Dame Louise Martin (left) President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) handed the Baton to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 7th October 2021. Photo: PA

“The theme for 2023 combines the active commitment of member states to support the promotion of peace, prosperity and sustainability, especially through climate action, so as to secure a better future for young people and improve the lives of all Commonwealth citizens, and build a better world,” the British High Commission of Namibia explained.

As one of the 56 Commonwealth countries, Namibia will commemorate Commonwealth Day on 13 March at the Parliament Gardens. The event will be hosted by the Chairperson of the National Council and the High Commissioners from Commonwealth countries resident in Namibia (Botswana, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and Zambia).

“The event will include delivery of His Majesty King Charles III’s Commonwealth Day Message, speeches by members of Parliament and the Government of Namibia, cultural entertainment provided by pupils from local schools in the Khomas Region, and a reception to showcase the different cuisines from each of the Commonwealth countries present in Namibia,” the British High Commission added.

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