What is the Commonwealth of Nations?
Tracking the development and current net worth of colonial enterprises
It’s the second biggest inter-country organisation about after the United Nations, with a third of people in the world living in it. How much do you know about the organisation and what it does?
In this special Commonwealth Day online seminar, an expert panel will examine why the royal family has played such an important part in the history and evolution of the Commonwealth and will discuss what its future role might be as the UK government attempts to chart the future of ‘Global Britain’. Why has the ‘British’ monarchy proved so durable? What advantages has the close association between monarchy and Commonwealth brought, and what have been the drawbacks and the dangers?
The Commonwealth, an association of 54 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific, has always been a rather mysterious organisation.
It evolved gradually over the course of the 20th century, making it difficult to pinpoint a precise starting date. Also, it operates more on precedent than formal agreements leading to further ambiguity. It’s also unclear what tangible benefits Commonwealth citizens derive from the organisation.
Africa is well represented within the Commonwealth grouping of some 2.4 billion people who experienced British colonialism. To what extent does it benefit?
This is a list of words used in connection with the British Empire, the Commonwealth, and the Games that have been held under the aegis of both.
The world was shocked when Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced they were leaving Britain’s royal family in January 2020. A second jolt occurred when the two (aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 and revealed how disheartened and “trapped” they felt by the royal institution. They also tried to explain about how the Crown operates.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with the Queen of Media has the Windsors tied in knots. Here’s how it affects their 1,000-year-old business.
It’s hard to imagine the monarchs of Saudi Arabia and Thailand selling souvenir tchotchkes in quite the same way.
‘Colonialism is history in the West,’ said a South African writer. ‘But in our countries, colonialism is now.’