The Queen, the Monarchy and CHOGM

By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS

‘Frustrate their knavish tricks

On thee our hopes we fix’

The announcement this morning that the Queen will not be attending the 2013 CHOGM in Sri Lanka in November has been described as ‘surprising and significant.’ Although the Palace has been at pains to stress the review of long-haul travel for the 87 year old monarch, given the private debate among the Queen’s advisers and Downing Street on how to handle the increasingly problematic question of the Queen’s attendance at the Sri Lanka CHOGM, at one level it seems that the Palace have played a blinder.

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Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth: The South African example

By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS

A crescendo of criticism and moral outrage is building on the choice of Sri Lanka as the next venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, scheduled for Columbo in November 2013. From the vantage point of Johannesburg, where I have spent the past week doing interviews for the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ major oral history of the Commonwealth project, there is a degree of perplexity about this.

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