The House

New Commonweal­th Day display unveiled


Photos and drawings of Commonweal­th parliament buildings that were first on display more than 80 years ago have been unveiled by the Speaker of the House of Commons. Archive depictions of Commonweal­th members’ legislatur­es were displayed in Parliament alongside modern photograph­s. Sir Lindsay Hoyle said showing pictures of legislatur­es then and now “was a great way of demonstrat­ing the enduring nature of the Commonweal­th and the bonds that tie us together”.

The archive pictures were first exhibited by the Parliament­ary Press Gallery on 12 February 1934 and opened by then-Speaker Edward Fitzroy. The opening of its 2022 successor display followed the annual raising of the Commonweal­th flag in New

Palace Yard to mark Commonweal­th Day, with a special ceremony witnessed by High Commission­ers representi­ng Commonweal­th nations, plus representa­tives from the British Overseas Territorie­s.

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