The Queen of England is not the Queen of Canada or any other independent commonwealth nation. Although the position is held by the same person (Queen Elizabeth II), each country's monarchy is separate and legally distinct. thecanadaguide.com/govern…
Today I learned of the Queen's (or King's) Official Birthday, a day that celebrates the birth of the Queen (or King) throughout the Commonwealth nations. This often has nothing to do with the actual birth date, and is often set in late May or early June to coincide with good weather in the Northern Hemisphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned of the Order of Merit. This is the only award where the recipient is personally selected by the reigning monarch with no government intervention. It is strictly limited to just 24 living people across all Commonwealth nations. Current holders include Sir David Attenborough & Sir Tim Berners-Lee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant in Adelaide South Australia is thelargest parade of its kind in the world, following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and in the Commonwealth of Nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ade…
The UK and all the Commonwealth nations and territories celebrate the Queen's birthday on different days. Only the Falkland Islands celebrate the Queen's birthday on the actual day of her birth, April 21st. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Not only are ten countries members of both the British Commonwealth of Nations and France's equivalent, the Francophonie, France itself proposed joining the Commonwealth during the 1950s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Japan is one of the few countries outside the Commonwealth of Nations that drives on the left. An informal practice of left-hand passage dates at least to the Edo period, when samurai are said to have passed each other to the left to avoid knocking their longer katana swords with each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
Centenarians receive congratulatory gifts or messages traditionally from their nation's leader in many nations. In Commonwealth realms, the king or queen at the time of the individual's 100th birthday receives a card, formerly a telegram. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Fiji has been suspended, not once but twice, from the Commonwealth of Nations and is the only nation currently serving in the penalty box. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Jason Statham was a member of Britain’s National Swimming Squad for 12 years and competed for England in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland- finishing 8th in the 1m Springboard, 11th in the 3m Springboard, and 10th in the 10m Platform. bbc.com/sport/commonwealt…
Citizens of the Commonwealth (Canada, Australia ect.) are allowed to vote in the United Kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
Eating pancakes on Mardi Gras is a thing, but is more celebrated in Commonwealth nations. Happy Mardi Gras; here's to starting a new tradition next year! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…

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