Islamabad - British Queen Elizabeth yesterday said the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature to have an even greater impact on people’s lives today and the future generations. In a message on the Commonwealth Day – being celebrated on March 12 - the Queen said:  “We all have a reason to say thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others.”

Commonwealth Day is to celebrate the diversity, unity and values that define the Commonwealth. This year, Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the UK, when the leaders of 53 member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens, said a statement released by the British High Commission.

During the week of April, government leaders will attend working sessions to discuss business, women and youth and attend a dinner hosted by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace. The Queen said: “Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.

There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.”

She added: “We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth. These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable. Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor.”

The Queen said that sport also contributes to peace and development. “The excitement and potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers,” she added.