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Commonwealth Day in London

11 March 2013

Every year on the second Monday in March, 54 countries join together in celebration of the links they share as members of one diverse and dynamic global family - the modern Commonwealth.

A chilly crowd marked Commonwealth Day with the laying of wreaths at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in London. The CWGC was at the ceremony and laid a wreath.

The Memorial Gates commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of men and women from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, in the two world wars. They also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make to the rich diversity of British society. The memorial was inaugurated by HM The Queen in 2002.

Even the unexpected spring snow couldn't dampen the spirits of those in attendance - although it did make the post ceremony tea, coffee and traditional snacks all the more welcome.

The photo shows children from St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Slough posing with members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.