Queen Elizabeth II of Britain died on 8 September 2022. She was 96. She was the queen of the United Kingdom and also fourteen other countries, including Canada and others across the Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. She was also Head of the Commonwealth.
- The population of a country or area is all the people who live in this country or area.
- Former British colonies are countries that used to be controlled by British rulers.
- Rule of law is a situation in which everyone in a country obeys the laws of that country.
- A legacy of Britain’s colonial past means the things that remain from the time when Britain had many colonies.
- If you acknowledge past events you admit they happened and accept this.
- If something has been delayed due to the pandemic, it will take place at a later date because of the pandemic.
- What is the Commonwealth of Nations?
a A massive sporting event that takes place every four years.
b A partnership of all former British colonies that share the same values.
c An association of 54 countries that are home to 2.5 billion people.
d An organization of 19 African nations that was formed in 1949.
- The Commonwealth “is a young organisation” (0:13). Why is it young?
a All members of the Commonwealth are young countries.
b Sixty percent of the people living in the Commonwealth is younger than 30 years.
c The organisation was formed in 2012, and is therefore only 10 years old.
d The Secretary General of the Commonwealth is always younger than 30 years.
- How often does the Commonwealth meet to discuss their plans?
a Every year.
b Every very two years.
c Every four years.
d Only when necessary.
Extra background question
- Name the Dutch word for the Commonwealth.