Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message 2013

March 11, 2013 | 5 Comments

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the achievements which have helped to build strength, resilience and pride in our young people across the world in a message marking Commonwealth Day, which is being celebrated today [Mar 11].

The Queen’s full statement follows below:

This year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’, is a celebration of our achievements, particularly those that may have seemed challenging, daunting or even impossible, which have helped to build strength, resilience and pride in our young people, in our communities and in our nations.

Great achievements in human history have a number of common characteristics. From climbing the highest mountain, to winning a sporting competition, making a scientific breakthrough, building a successful business or discovering unique artistic talent – these outcomes all begin as a simple goal or idea in one person’s mind.

We are all born with the desire to learn, to explore, to try new things. And each of us can think of occasions when we have been inspired to do something more efficiently, or to assist others in achieving their full potential. Yet it still takes courage to launch into the unknown. Ambition and curiosity open new avenues of opportunity.

That is what lies at the heart of our Commonwealth approach: individuals and communities finding ways to strive together to create a better future that is beneficial for all.

Our shared values of peace, democracy, development, justice and human rights – which are found in our new ‘Commonwealth Charter’ – mean that we place special emphasis on including everyone in this goal, especially those who are vulnerable.

I am reminded of the adage, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’. As we reflect on how the Commonwealth theme applies to us individually, let us think about what can be gained with a bold heart, dedication, and teamwork.

And let us bear in mind the great opportunity that is offered by the Commonwealth – of joining with others, stronger together, for the common good.

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  1. lilbitmoretogo says:

    a load of crap, no one cares about commonwealth..and Human rights only implies rights for persons with hue--(hu-man), so when are we gonna have this exchange of information rather than force fed manure!!!I've always wanted to claim my stolen heritage, I do not share common wealth with the same people...When England, europe, germany, france italy, spain, ect, give back the stolen heritage of blacks than we will have equal rights!

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  2. dthtoo/ says:

    Since we are on the subject of the Queen, check out this link:

    http://wacptv.ning.com/video/breaking-news-the-downfall-of-the-vatican-the-queen-the-system?xg_source=activity

    What would become of Bermuda and other British Dependent Territories if the British Monarchy is dismantled? Would our present parliament be dissolved, and what would follow that?

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  3. Argosy says:

    "Our shared values of peace, democracy, development, justice and human rights – which are found in our new ‘Commonwealth Charter’ – mean that we place special emphasis on including everyone in this goal, especially those who are vulnerable."

    The 'goal' of 'human rights' for 'everyone' doesn't apply in Bermuda....sad.

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  4. The Road to Hell says:

    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 are centred around the togetherness of commonwealth beliefs and welcome all nations to these sporting games. Bermuda will get to 'run with the torch' as it comes to these great islands in April 2014 after travelling across the globe before heading back to the UK for the opening ceremonial event.

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  5. drunken ursula says:

    who cares....over rated....

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