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Commonwealth leaders choose Prince Charles as next head of organisation

21 April, 2018, 04:32 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by members of the royal family takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday

The beloved monarch said it was her "sincere wish" that her son take over "one day", as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

"The government supports the Prince of Wales as the next head of the Commonwealth".

ELIZABETH'S CHOICE Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (left), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland (2nd right) and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in the Blue Drawing Room before The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday night.

And although the role is not hereditary, it seems, she hinted at passing the baton on to her son, Charles, Prince of Wales, who along with other members of the Royal Family attended the formal opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) yesterday.

Queen Elizabeth has been the Commonwealth's symbolic figurehead since her father king George VI's death in 1952.

Britain's May described Charles as "a proud supporter of the Commonwealth" and said "it is fitting that one day he will continue the work of his mother".

She also said she was mindful the Commonwealth draws its mandate from the countries and its leaders.

Ministers told reporters after Thursday's talks that they expected to conclude bold commitments on jointly combating maritime plastic pollution, in Friday's closed-doors session at Windsor Castle. It has always been speculated by many that Charles may be passed over, in favor of his more popular son, Prince William.

The Queen said the advantages of the network were plain to see, with an increasing emphasis on trade among Commonwealth countries and joint initiatives bringing about change on a global scale. "Both as a symbol of our free association, and through deep personal identification with the highest ideals of respect and understanding, Her Majesty has won a place of great affection in the hearts of people in all countries of the Commonwealth", she said.

"At Windsor we discussed our vision for the Commonwealth in We have pledged to work together to foster a fairer, more secure, more sustainable and more prosperous future to the benefit of all Commonwealth citizens".

Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta and outgoing chair of the Commonwealth is believed to have been instrumental in garnering support for Prince Charles. Nearly 2.5 billion people inhabit the Commonwealth nations, almost 1/3rd of the earth's population. The Commonwealth also makes up 1/4th of the world's territory. "At that time, the Commonwealth comprised just eight nations". "We remember with equal fondness the warmth and graciousness of her welcome when she hosted President John Agyekum Kufuor, during the state visit he paid to Britain in 2007, to commemorate the happy anniversary of Ghana's Golden Jubilee, i.e. the fiftieth year of Ghana's independence from British colonial rule", he added.


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