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Queen asks Commonwealth leaders to let Charles succeed her

The head of the Commonwealth is not a hereditary position

The Queen yesterday told Commonwealth leaders that it is her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles will succeed her as head of the 53-nation grouping “one day”.

Elizabeth II was opening the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London when she addressed the question of who will take over from her. The role is not hereditary, and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales.

“There had been some suggestions that the position should be rotated around member states,” reports the BBC.

But the Queen told the assembled leaders: “It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations, and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.”

She also said it remained a “great pleasure and honour” to serve such a “flourishing network” as she opened the biannual summit.

“After years of treating the question as too distasteful to discuss, dealing with a world after the Queen’s death,” says The Daily Telegraph, “leaders at the London meeting were expected to finalise plans during a private retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday”. 

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