The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in Hong Hong
Royal Commonwealth Society, Hong Kong Branch, was established in 1983 and provides a valuable network for Commonwealth citizens in Hong Kong; fosters friendship between people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, supports small local charities and promotes the values of the Commonwealth e.g. diversity and tolerance.
The Modern Commonwealth is a free association of 54 independent nations with close historical links, a shared language (English) and shared values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance and diversity. It can also facilitate global trade as doing business with a fellow Commonwealth country represents a 20% saving in cost due to shared language, legal systems and civic organization.
With a population of 2.3 billion (nearly a third of the world’s total) the majority under 25, it represents a very strong soft-power network, which HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, has called ‘A Platform for the Future’.
One Family, One Language – it is defined by the Commonwealth Charter, biennial Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and quadrennial Commonwealth Games.
RCS/HK Branch brings together citizens of Commonwealth countries and their Consuls General in Hong Kong. It organizes speaker lunches and interesting annual events such as charity concerts, exhibitions; an interfaith service in St John’s Cathedral and reception on Commonwealth Day (the second Monday of March); an annual RCS Cricket Cup at the Kowloon Cricket Club; an annual Charity Ball and the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (the oldest English language essay competition in the world).
Commonwealth Day and Six Affirmations
List of Members of The Commonwealth of Nations