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What is the Commonwealth?

27 November 2015 Last updated at 01:19 GMT

Leaders from 53 countries are due to take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta.

The Queen is due to attend supported by the Prince of Wales.

Ahead of the meeting, James Robbins looks at the history of the Commonwealth and whether it is still relevant.