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Statement from the Chair of the Board on the occasion of the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, Head of the Commonwealth

Dato’ Sudha Devi K.R. Vasudevan extends our sincerest congratulations to His Majesty King Charles III.

Posted on 05/05/2023
By Sudha Devi K.R. Vasudevan

On behalf of the Commonwealth Foundation, I extend our sincerest congratulations and warmest wishes to His Majesty King Charles III on the occasion of his coronation.

Through a life of service, His Majesty King Charles has consistently demonstrated his steadfast commitment to the core values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter. Under his leadership as Head of the Commonwealth, we are confident that the Organisation will continue to flourish, championing democracy, human rights, and the rule of law for the benefit of our 56 Member States and their 2.6 billion citizens.

‘In His Majesty King Charles, we have a leader who understands the importance of unity in diversity, a leader who appreciates the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and histories that form the backbone of our precious Organisation’

This is a historic moment for our beloved Commonwealth. The challenges we face as a global community are numerous and complex. At the Commonwealth Foundation, we are committed to harnessing the collective wisdom, experience, and resilience of the People of the Commonwealth to address these challenges head-on. In His Majesty King Charles, we have a leader who understands the importance of unity in diversity, a leader who appreciates the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and histories that form the backbone of our precious Organisation.

We move forward in the assurance that His Majesty King Charles will not flinch from acknowledging the past, and in doing so, will help us forge a brighter and more inclusive future. It is our hope that, under his guidance, the Commonwealth will continue to evolve, coming together to embrace our shared history while striving towards full realisation of the ideals we cherish.

In this time of change, we must also take a moment to express our profound gratitude to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the steadfast leadership she provided the Commonwealth during her remarkable reign. Her Majesty’s deep sense of duty and enduring commitment to the Commonwealth have left an indelible mark, and her legacy shall continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come.

‘Together, we shall strive to create a more just, equitable and sustainable future’

As we embark on this new chapter in our rich history, the Commonwealth Foundation remains committed to working in close partnership with our Member States and Commonwealth civil society to advance the goals and aspirations we all share.

We are confident that, under the guidance of His Majesty King Charles, the Commonwealth will continue to be a beacon of hope and a powerful force for good in the world. Together, we shall strive to create a more just, equitable and sustainable future. The people of the Commonwealth deserve nothing less.

Dato’ Sudha Devi K.R. Vasudevan is Chair of the Board of the Commonwealth Foundation.

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