Monday 6th February 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II becoming Head of the Commonwealth.
The London Declaration of 1949 which established the Commonwealth of Nations stated that the British monarch would be a symbol of the free association of independent countries, and as such would be the Head of the Commonwealth.
These words meant that republics could be members of the Commonwealth, and that they could accept the British monarch as the Head of the Commonwealth, without being their own Head of State.
Thus, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, Her Majesty became Head of the Commonwealth.
In 2012 Her Majesty The Queen is Head of State in 16 of the 53 Commonwealth member countries, all of them being fully independent and in which, apart from Great Britain, Her Majesty is represented by a Governor-General.
To mark and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 of Her Majesty The Queen, and 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen has most graciously bestowed an unique honour on the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir by becoming its Diamond Jubilee Patron 2012.
On Sunday 3 June 2012 , as part of the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a magnificent Pageant took place on the River Thames in London.
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra recorded Handel’s Water Music and made these tracks freely available, in honour of the historic occasion.
The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir made this recording at Abbey Road Studios, London, on 18 October 2011, under the baton of its Artistic Director and Conductor, Paul Carroll.
Some of this recording was used in the following video of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.
DIAMOND JUBILEE PATRON