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Commonwealth of Nations

Formerly British Commonwealth
An association comprising the United Kingdom, its dependencies, and many former British colonies that are now sovereign states, including Canada, Australia, India, and many West Indian and African countries. It was formally established by the Statute of Westminster in 1931.
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Com′monwealth of Na′tions


n.
a voluntary association of independent nations and their dependencies linked by historical ties as parts of the former British Empire and cooperating on matters of mutual concern. Formerly, British Commonwealth of Nations .
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Noun1.Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British CrownCommonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
commonwealth - a world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another
Canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"
Australia, Commonwealth of Australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea - a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea; in 1975 it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
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Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, also said the planned exit of Britain from the European Union, presented an opportunity to strengthen the Commonwealth of Nations, which has its 53 members drawn from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, North America, the Pacific and Europe.
Otumfuo further congratulated Prince Charles on his assumption of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Nations, and wished him well on his impending birthday on November 14.
In addition, both Pakistan and the United Kingdom are members of the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations.
This is successfully possible when we create our commonwealth of nations allowing a tariff free trade with people of our faith.
IN amongst the music in the BBC's tribute to the Queen was an item showing her declaration in the 1950s to dedicate herself to build the idea of a Commonwealth of Nations from the old Empire.
I firmly believe that the UK is better for the close ties that we enjoy with fellow members of our great Commonwealth of Nations.
The summit is being attended by the leaders of countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations and is focusing on the mechanism to boost intra-commonwealth trade to $2 trillion.
CHOGM is a biennial meeting of leaders from the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations.Related Stories
In 1944 the Canadian Palestine Committee wrote Prime Minister Mackenzie King that it "(https://books.google.ca/books?id=J_QXAAAAYAAJ&q=looks+forward+to+the+day+when+Palestine+shall+ultimately+become+a+Jewish+commonwealth,+and+member+of+the+British+Commonwealth+of+Nations+under+the+British+Crown.&dq=looks+forward+to+the+day+when+Palestine+shall+ultimately+become+a+Jewish+commonwealth,+and+member+of+the+British+Commonwealth+of+Nations+under+the+British+Crown.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwib1_my3svZAhWl2YMKHcGsBdkQ6AEIKTAA) looks forward to the day when Palestine shall ultimately become a Jewish commonwealth, and member of the British Commonwealth of Nations under the British Crown."
That may be so in formal terms, but in as early as 1884 a British statesman, Foreign Secretary Lord Rosebery, spoke of the Empire being a 'Commonwealth of Nations'.
The Queen's Young Leaders is an annual award that recognises young leadership potential in people between the ages of 18-29 from the Commonwealth of Nations.
The spokesman added that there was never any plan for William and Kate to attend the Commonwealth Day service, which marked the 40th anniversary of the celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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