The Commonwealth of Nations

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.



  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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

  1. Name the Dutch word for the Commonwealth.






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