Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1971

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1st Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Dates 14 January 1971
22 January 1971
Cities Singapore Singapore
Chair Lee Kuan Yew
(Prime Minister)
Follows 1969
Precedes 1973

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1971 was the first Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in Singapore, between 14 January 1971 and 22 January 1971, and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

British Prime Minister Edward Heath advised Queen Elizabeth II not to attend the conference due to a row within the Commonwealth over Britain selling arms to South Africa. It would be the only CHOGM the Queen would miss until 2013.[1]

Ugandan president Milton Obote was overthrown by Idi Amin in a military coup, whilst he was attending the meeting.


  1. ^ "Concern as the Queen misses Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka". The Telegraph. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.