The Duchess of Northumberland, in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant for the county, presented the Commonwealth Flag to the county’s Civic Head, Kath Nisbett at Alnwick Castle on Monday.
The flag presentation was replicated by Lord Lieutenants across the United Kingdom.
At 10am on March 10, the Commonwealth flag will be raised at County Hall in Morpeth and on the roof of Alnwick Castle - among the 500 Commonwealth flags to be raised throughout the country to mark Commonwealth Day.
It is the first time that local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities have joined together in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark the occasion.
The Duchess of Northumberland said: “I am happy to be supporting ‘Commonwealth Day’ which is not only about promoting understanding of ‘The Commonwealth’, its history and its role in society today but it is also about encouraging our communities to think about the way that The Commonwealth works; tackling and resolving issues that affect everyone together, and making this happen more often at local level.
“By flying the Commonwealth Flag at Alnwick Castle and also at County Hall, Morpeth, we are coming together with many other counties across The UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to support Commonwealth Day on March 10. We also look forward to the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow later this year.”