The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) was founded in London in 1868 and is comprised of 70 self-governing bodies in 53 countries around the world. It is an international organization and educational charity which works to promote knowledge and appreciation of the Commonwealth and to support its fundamental values. Through educational and youth outreach programmes, RCS seeks to encourage young people to develop their role as global citizens and to engage with challenges facing the international community.
Royal Commonwealth Society, Hong Kong Branch, has been established for 35 years 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.
RCS in Hong Kong was founded in 1983 to foster international understanding and to arrange cultural and charitable activities based on the shared history and language of Commonwealth countries. Although RCS does not at present have any premises or clubhouse, it organizes monthly lectures in various venues, cultural exchanges, Commonwealth Day celebrations, and an annual Essay Competition and Charity Ball. Over the past few years, it has invited many overseas professionals and Consuls-General to speak at its events. It also supports a number of local charities.
Another function of RCS in Hong Kong is to provide a bridge between China and the nearly 2 billion members of the Commonwealth. Active members in Hong Kong include the Consuls-General of Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore and South Africa.
The President of the RCS in Hong Kong is Mr George. C. Magnus and Patrons are Dr Hari Harilela and Mr Andrew R. Wells.