The Queen and The Commonwealth

A Commonwealth Chronology.

An unique and historic initiative to mark and celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2022.

Presented by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir
and the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division,
In collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.


A chronology of the creation of the 21st century Commonwealth, showing its expansion
from its establishment as a voluntary organisation on 28 April 1949, with the eight founding Nations –
Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom –
to its current 54 member states.

When the eight founding Nations joined together and formed the ‘Modern Commonwealth’,
they invited His Majesty King George VI to become the first Head of The Commonwealth.
Following the death of King George VI, on 6 February 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
ascended to the Throne, and the eight founding Commonwealth Nations invited
The Queen to succeed King George VI, as second Head of The Commonwealth.

In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II will have been Head of The Commonwealth for 70 years.

 

1929

 1. Australia

 2. Canada

 3. India

 4. New Zealand

 5. Pakistan

 6. South Africa

 7. Sri Lanka

 8. United Kingdom

1957

 9. Ghana

 10. Malaya

 

6 March 1957

31 August 1957

1960

 11. Nigeria

 

1 October 1960

1961

 12. Cyprus

 13. Sierra Leone

 14. Tanzania

 

13 March 1961

27 April 1961

9 December 1961

1962

 15. Jamaica

 16. Trinidad & Tobago

 17. Uganda

 18. Kenya

 

6 August 1962

31 August 1962

9 October 1962

12 December 1962

1964

 19. Malawi

 20. Malta

 21. Zambia

 

6 July 1964

21 September 1964

24 October 1964

1965

 22. The Gambia

 23. Singapore

 

18 February 1965

15 October 1965

1966

 24. Guyana

 25. Botswana

 26. Lesotho

 27. Barbados

 

26 May 1966

30 September 1966

4 October 1966

30 November 1966

1968

 28. Mauritius

 29. Swaziland

 30. Nauru

 

12 March 1968

6 September 1968

29 November 1968

1970

 31. Tonga

 32. Samoa

 33. Fiji

 

4 June 1970

28 August 1970

10 October 1970

1972

 34. Bangladesh

 35. The Bahamas

 

18 April 1972

10 July 1972

1974

 36. Grenada

 

7 February 1974

1975

 37. Papua New Guinea

 

16 September 1975

1976

 38. Seychelles

 

28 June 1976

1978

 39. The Solomon Islands

 40. Tuvalu

 41. Dominica

 

7 July 1978

1 October 1978

3 November 1978

1979

 42. St. Lucia

 43. Kiribati

 44. St. Vincent and The Grenadines

 

22 February 1979

12 July 1979

27 October 1979

1980

 45. Vanuatu

 

30 July 1980

1981

 46. Belize

 47. Antigua and Barbuda

 

21 September 1981

1 November 1981

1982

 48. Maldives

 

9 July 1982

1983

 49. St. Kitts and Nevis

 

19 September 1983

1984

 50. Brunei

 

7 May 1984

1990

 51. Namibia

 

21 March 1990

1995

 52. Cameroon

 53. Mozambique

 

1 November 1995

13 November 1995

2009

 54. Rwanda

 

29 November 2009