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The current flag for the Commonwealth of Nations was introduced just 16 months ago November and contained a number of small but significant changes made to the original flag — first adopted on 26 th March Three year earlier at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Ottawa, Canada, the version was developed from, of all things, car pennants.
The globe itself was titled slightly and the colour of the flag changed from Pantone to Pantonemaking it a slightly lighter blue. Two versions exist, a standard version and a version — every British Overseas Territory has a ratio flag. Bonus Fact: Commonwealth Day is not fixed on the calendar like Christmas for example. It takes place on the second Monday of March each year. Alex Crouch is a journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.
Links: TwitterblogYouTube. Alex is an accredited Flag Institute journalist. Why was this approved without any element of The Union Flag, the Crown or red, white and blue?
Disgusting, and further evidence of the sinister plot by the autocratic EU to usurp everything British! I agree that the flag looks too EU although I would not agree with the other comments made about individuals etc by mr Caslaw.
But I would say the time is right for the common wealth to have a new flag that is distant from the EU and perhaps incorporates the spirit of its heretage. What about the queen launching a project between the schools of the common wealth to come up with a new design? After all are we not now looking forward to build better opportunities for future generations after Brexit? Name required. Email will not be published required. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
The version. Flag Institute Spring Meeting: 30 May Flag of Namibia. Mr D M Caslaw 23 February at pm. Simon Tagg-Wilkinson 1 March at pm.
Dobre Arsov 5 April at pm. Thank you everybody. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website. Join the Flag Institute. Search the Flag Institute website.
Flag Days Apr. Which flags did we sneakily lift these symbols from? Thank you! I will never see another hypotenuse after the exam. For further information, please contact the Flag Institute Librarian.The flag of the Commonwealth of Nations is the official flag used by and representing the Commonwealth of Nations.
Its current design dates toa modification of a design adopted in The flag consists of the Commonwealth symbol in gold on a blue field. The symbol centres on a globerepresenting the global nature of the Commonwealth and the breadth of its membership.
The flag developed from car pennants produced for the first time at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetingheld in OttawaOntario.
It was officially adopted on March 26, The original design featured a globe surrounded by 61 radiating, approximately quadrilateral, sunrays, which form a 'C' for 'Commonwealth'. The number of sunrays did not represent the number of member states there have never been 61 members ; instead, the large number represented the many ways in which the Commonwealth cooperates around the world.
Inthe globe was tilted, and the number of sunrays reduced to The colourings used in the flag were also slightly modified. The flag of the Commonwealth of Nations is flown at Marlborough HouseLondonthe headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariatthroughout the year, and for a limited period at other venues where Commonwealth meetings, events, or visits are taking place for example, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.
The Canadian federal government does not stipulate that the flag be flown for Commonwealth Dayinstead directing that the British Union Jack officially called the Royal Union Flag be flown at federal installations which have a second flagpole. Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon encourages the flying of the Commonwealth flag on Commonwealth Day, and the Office of the Secretary-General notes that "it is not the case that the Union Jack — or the flag of any other member country for that matter — is a substitute for the Commonwealth flag which represents the association of 53 members and their peoples.
Elsewhere, the Commonwealth flag is flown at the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh on Commonwealth Day, from the fourth flagpole in addition to the Union Flagthe Scottish saltire and the European Union flag which all fly daily. It is also flown on Commonwealth Day in the territory of Gibraltar, from the third flagpole alongside the Union Flag and the Flag of Gibraltar, which fly on the roof of No.
It has been suggested that the Flag of the Commonwealth be the replacement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Flags of the World. Retrieved Commonwealth Secretariat.
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Membership is open to all. The current flag for the Commonwealth of Nations was introduced just 16 months ago November and contained a number of small but significant changes made to the original flag — first adopted on 26 th March Three year earlier at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Ottawa, Canada, the version was developed from, of all things, car pennants.
The globe itself was titled slightly and the colour of the flag changed from Pantone to Pantonemaking it a slightly lighter blue.38 Alternate Countries in 15 Minutes
Two versions exist, a standard version and a version — every British Overseas Territory has a ratio flag. Bonus Fact: Commonwealth Day is not fixed on the calendar like Christmas for example.
It takes place on the second Monday of March each year. Alex Crouch is a journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University. Links: TwitterblogYouTube. Alex is an accredited Flag Institute journalist. Why was this approved without any element of The Union Flag, the Crown or red, white and blue? Disgusting, and further evidence of the sinister plot by the autocratic EU to usurp everything British!
I agree that the flag looks too EU although I would not agree with the other comments made about individuals etc by mr Caslaw. But I would say the time is right for the common wealth to have a new flag that is distant from the EU and perhaps incorporates the spirit of its heretage. What about the queen launching a project between the schools of the common wealth to come up with a new design?
After all are we not now looking forward to build better opportunities for future generations after Brexit? The version. Flag Institute Spring Meeting: 30 May Flag of Namibia. Mr D M Caslaw 23 February at pm. Simon Tagg-Wilkinson 1 March at pm. Dobre Arsov 5 April at pm. Thank you everybody.
Join the Flag Institute.The Commonwealth of Nationsgenerally known simply as the Commonwealth is a political association of 54 member statesnearly all former territories of the British Empire. The Commonwealth dates back to the first half of the 20th century with the decolonisation of the British Empire through increased self-governance of its territories.
It was originally created as the British Commonwealth of Nations  through the Balfour Declaration at the Imperial Conferenceand formalised by the United Kingdom through the Statute of Westminster in The current Commonwealth of Nations was formally constituted by the London Declaration inwhich modernised the community and established the member states as "free and equal".
The human symbol of this free association is the Head of the Commonwealthcurrently Queen Elizabeth IIand the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting appointed Charles, Prince of Wales to be her designated successor, although the position is not technically hereditary.
The Queen is the head of state of 16 member states, known as the Commonwealth realmswhile 33 other members are republics and five others have different monarchs. Member states have no legal obligations to one another, but are connected through their use of the English language and historical ties.
Their stated shared values of democracyhuman rights and the rule of law are enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter  and promoted by the quadrennial Commonwealth Games. Queen Elizabeth IIin her address to Canada on Dominion Day inpointed out that the confederation of Canada on 1 July had been the birth of the "first independent country within the British Empire".
She declared: "So, it also marks the beginning of that free association of independent states which is now known as the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth developed from the imperial conferences.
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A specific proposal was presented by Jan Smuts in when he coined the term "the British Commonwealth of Nations" and envisioned the "future constitutional relations and readjustments in essence" at the Paris Peace Conference ofattended by delegates from the Dominions as well as Britain. In the Balfour Declaration at the Imperial ConferenceBritain and its dominions agreed they were "equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by common allegiance to the Crown, and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations".
The term " Commonwealth " was officially adopted to describe the community. These aspects to the relationship were formalised by the Statute of Westminster inwhich applied to Canada without the need for ratification, but AustraliaNew Zealandand Newfoundland had to ratify the statute for it to take effect.
Newfoundland never did, as on 16 Februarywith the consent of its parliament, the government of Newfoundland voluntarily ended and governance reverted to direct control from London. Newfoundland later joined Canada as its 10th province in Although the Union of South Africa was not among the Dominions that needed to adopt the Statute of Westminster for it to take effect, two laws—the Status of the Union Act,and the Royal Executive Functions and Seals Act of —were passed to confirm South Africa's status as a sovereign state.
Most of its components have become independent countries, whether Commonwealth realms or republics, and members of the Commonwealth. There remain the 14 mainly self-governing British overseas territories which retain some political association with the United Kingdom. In Aprilfollowing the London Declarationthe word "British" was dropped from the title of the Commonwealth to reflect its changing nature.
Burma also known as Myanmar and Aden now part of the Republic of Yemen are the only states that were British colonies at the time of the war not to have joined the Commonwealth upon independence.
Former British protectorates and mandates that did not become members of the Commonwealth are Egypt independent inIraqTransjordanPalestine part of which became the state of Israel inSudanBritish Somaliland which united with the former Italian Somaliland in to form the Somali RepublicKuwaitBahrainOmanQatarand the United Arab Emirates The postwar Commonwealth was given a fresh mission by Queen Elizabeth in her Christmas Day broadcast, in which she envisioned the Commonwealth as "an entirely new conception — built on the highest qualities of the Spirit of Man: friendship, loyalty, and the desire for freedom and peace".
More broadly, there was the loss of a central role of the British Empire: the defence of the Empire. That role was no longer militarily or financially feasible, as Britain's withdrawal from Greece in had painfully demonstrated.
Britain itself was now just one part of the NATO military alliance in which the Commonwealth had no role apart from Canada. The second major function of the Empire made London the financial centre of the system.Home Discussions Workshop Market Broadcasts.
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The United States, even as a constitutional republic, would not exist as it is today without the influence of the constitutional monarchy of Great Britain. It is easy to see that of all the nations in North America today, all those which are the most advanced, free and prosperous are those descended from or sharing in the British Monarchy. The American Monarchist League was formed to provide a place for U.
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Each constituent state would retain its sovereignty. Under phase two of the proposed plan, the option would exist for the core units of CANZUK to be solidified into a more coherent body, possibly with a more federal or centralised system of commonly elected government, though these would be matters for the public to decide. Operating as a national unit, the Commonwealth Federation would then pursue greater cultural and trade links with other Commonwealth countries such as India and the Pacific, Caribbean and African Commonwealth.
Should some of these countries then so wish, and the publics of CANZUK and the countries concerned agree in referenda, then federation membership would be offered to other Commonwealth countries which met appropriate social and economic criteria. Commonwealth membership could also be made available to non-Commonwealth countries which shared our common principles of law, democracy and governance and perhaps certain aspects of our common history and culture.
The Commonwealth Federation would be the third largest economy in the Western world excluding its trade agreements with the rest of the Commonwealthwith global reach, a high standard of living and a powerful position in almost every geographical region and sector of the global economy. A common voice would allow us once more to project our influence on world events and to protect our own interests and identity outside regional trade blocs or the orbits of other superpowers, current or emerging.
The countries of CANZUK are drawn together by a common past, culture, language, institutions, political processes and ideals. We are all successful Westminster Democracies.
Most of our laws and customs but also our beliefs and values are the same. We are also wealthy Western countries with very similar levels of national income per head and many common insitutions binding us together.The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 54 sovereign states.
Nearly all of them are former British colonies or dependencies of those colonies.
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No one government in the Commonwealth exercises power over the others, as is the case in a political union. Rather, the Commonwealth is an international organization in which countries with diverse social, political, and economic backgrounds are regarded as equal in status, and cooperate within a framework of common values and goals, as outlined in the Singapore Declaration issued in This position, however, does not imbue her with any political or executive power over any Commonwealth member states; the position is purely symbolic, and it is the Commonwealth Secretary-General who is the chief executive of the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth was first officially formed in when the Balfour Declaration of the Imperial Conference recognized the full sovereignty of dominions.
It was re-stated by the conference and incorporated in the Statute of Westminster the following year although Australia and New Zealand did not adopt the statute until and respectively. Currently, sixteen of the 54 member states are Commonwealth realmswith the Head of the Commonwealth as their heads of statefive others are monarchies with their own individual monarchs BruneiEswatiniLesothoMalaysia and Tongaand the rest are republics.
The Republic of Ireland from according to the Commonwealth; according to Irish government and Zimbabwe are former members of the Commonwealth. South AfricaPakistanThe Gambiaand the Maldives left and later rejoined the Commonwealth, and Zimbabwe has formally applied to rejoin. All dates below are provided by the Commonwealth of Nations Secretariat members list, and population figures are as of 1 February Unless otherwise noted, independence was gained from the United Kingdom on the date shown in column 2 of joining the Commonwealth.
Not a member of the Commonwealth Foundation. Though Pakistan celebrates 14 August as its independence day, independence was officially granted at midnight, 15 August Therefore, its date of joining the Commonwealth would be 15 August Geopolitically part of Europebut geographically part of Asia.
Constitutional monarchy that operates under a Westminster system. The monarch is not the British monarchhence making it not a Commonwealth realm. The population figure is based on estimates. Other states which have expressed an interest in joining the Commonwealth over the years or states which may be eligible to join the Commonwealth include Bahrain Cambodia Egypt Israel Libya Nepal  Palestine United States  and Yemen.
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