Communities across the UK gathered to fly the Commonwealth flag on Monday.
Central Beds Council raised the flag at its offices in Chicksands and Dunstable.
Meanwhile Bedford Borough Council flew its flag at Borough Hall and South Cambs District Council raised a flag in Cambourne.
Attending the ceremony in Chicksands were the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Deborah Inskip, council chair Councillor Caroline Maudlin, Stratton Upper students Tobias Milligan, Beth Jones and Alice Wright and Stratton teacher, Richard Merrett.
Ms Maudlin said: “We are very proud of our diverse communities that live and work in Central Bedfordshire. We celebrate our differences as well as our shared values.
“The Commonwealth is united by these values of tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, and gender equality.
“It’s a great honour to be joining other authorities and organisations in flying this very special flag.”