Sorry Norvic, but does anyone really care about this? Or know about it?
Now you asked the question that I didn't, and somebody else posted the answer that I was going to
The main point of starting this off was to see how many people were aware, and how many were surprised, like I was, that it wasn't May 24th.
Empire Day was May 24th still celebrated, as our member above reported, in Canada as Victoria Day - it was Queen Victoria's birthday. When I was at school we knew about it, and new that it had changed to Commonwealth Day. What I didn't know was that the C'wealth Heads of Government conference voted to change the date to something with no previous history, hence the 2nd Monday in March.
Does it matter?, only to those who want it to. Should we worry or knock it?, no - the continuance of the commonwealth of nations is no harm as a body of parliamentarians in discussion and promoting mutual trade. The fact that it now includes countries* with no ties to Britain is testament to its usefulness to some.
* which are.... ?
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