THE Queen's Commonwealth day TV special will air today, March 7, in which she will deliver a personal message to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth of Nations is made up of 53 countries of which a majority are former territories of Britain.
Countries from across the globe, including Asia, Africa and Europe, all sign up to the same values and principles, acknowledging the shared history they have together.
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth Nations, regardless of the different countries' constitutions.
The member states were established as "free and equal".
A central part of the Commonwealth is the Commonwealth Secretariat - the organisation helps to support member countries to gain democracy, development and peace.
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