UCL Institute of the Americas


Kate Quinn guest panellist at event on empire and commonwealth

10 March 2021

Monday 8 March 2021 was an unusual Commonwealth Day. The inevitable result of the pandemic has been the cancellation of the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey attended by members of the royal family, and its replacement by a special BBC programme.

Kate Quinn at event

In this special Commonwealth Day online seminar, an expert panel examined why the royal family has played such an important part in the history and evolution of the Commonwealth and discussed what its future role might be as the UK government attempts to chart the future of ‘Global Britain’. Why has the ‘British’ monarchy proved so durable? What advantages has the close association between monarchy and Commonwealth brought, and what have been the drawbacks and the dangers?

Amongst the distinguished pannelists was Dr Kate Quinn, Associate Professor of Caribbean History at UCL Institute of the Americas. This event, which took place on March 8, was organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of the University of London (ICwS), and chaired by its director, Professor Philip Murphy.

More information and details of this event at the ICwS website.

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Dr Kate Quinn - academic profile

Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS)

Professor Philip Murphy - academic profile

ICwS event website

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Dr Kate Quinn