As a component of this year’s Commonwealth Day, the public is invited to endorse the Commonwealth of Nations Flag of Peace initiative.

On Monday, 13 March, Durham County Council will raise the Commonwealth Flag of Peace in Durham City to mark the 10th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‘s endorsement of the Commonwealth Charter.

The flag, which features a white dove symbolising peace, represents the shared principles and values of the Commonwealth.

These include co-operation on economic and social development, diversity, respect, friendship and the promotion of peace around the world.

The flag will be raised at Durham Market Place, with a ceremony starting at 10.35am.

Those attending can look forward to a Commonwealth flag procession, a proclamation by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and a bugler, ahead of the flag raising.

Cllr Joan Nicholson, Vice Chair of Durham County Council, said: “It is important to acknowledge these historic events and to come together as a community to mark them.

“This year’s Commonwealth Day is particularly poignant following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the fact that it is the first presided over by His Majesty King Charles III. We would encourage as many people as possible to join these celebrations and share in the values and aspirations of all Commonwealth countries.”

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