9th March 2018, 20:17
“Towards a Common Future” was the theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day as the Queen praised the shared connection of the 53 member nations. In her message, the Queen said this makes diversity “a cause for celebration rather than division”.
A service was held in Westminster Abbey, ahead of the the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London next month.
In Gibraltar, the day was marked with a bank holiday, as EU flags around the Rock were lowered and replaced with Commonwealth flags.
It is traditional for the Commonwealth Flag to fly on that day over No. Six Convent Place. However, this year the Government has decided to fly the flag at the border, Princess Caroline’s Battery, the John Mackintosh Hall and Duke of Kent House as well.
Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, said hoisting the flag on Commonwealth Day is a symbol of Gibraltar’s “commitment to the values and the traditions that the organisation represents”. He highlighted Gibraltar’s involvement in the Commonwealh Parliamentary Association and Telecommunications Organisation, as well as the Commonwealth Games.