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The Commonwealth Summit (also known as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – CHOGM) takes place every two years. This year, it will be hosted by the UK. Since it is likely that The Queen will not travel overseas to a future summit, this will probably be the last one that She attends personally, and therefore it provides an opportunity to celebrate Her Majesty’s connection with the Commonwealth.
The four year cycle of the Commonwealth Games sees Queensland play host in 2018. The year also marks the 100 year commemoration of Armistice Day and the end of the Great War, where it is important to remember that one in twelve Allied fatalities were from the pre-partition Indian Army, along with fallen soldiers from across the Commonwealth.
Whilst many of the main celebratory and commemorative events will take place in London, 2018 is a year to celebrate the Commonwealth across the country – and, indeed, across the Commonwealth.
Lancashire and Preston have a proud heritage closely connected to the Commonwealth. Many people in the diverse community in Lancashire and across the city have Commonwealth connections, including the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment which has formal allegiances with units in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
Preston will be embracing the Commonwealth in 2018, getting together to celebrate our rich and diverse Commonwealth connections and cultural heritage, and in doing so, honour The Queen.
There are a range of Commonwealth themed and badged events taking place across the city, to find out more visit our dedicated Commonwealth events listing.
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