LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles was permitted because the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a gathering of the group’s heads of government on Friday.
“We recognize the role of the queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” the Commonwealth leaders stated in an announcement. “The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.”
There have been requires the position to be rotated across the 53 member-states, most of that are former British territories, however in current days the queen, 91, the British government and different leaders have backed Charles, 69.
The Commonwealth developed out of the British empire within the mid-20th century, and the queen has been its head since her reign started in 1952. Charles had lengthy been anticipated to tackle the position despite the fact that it isn’t strictly hereditary.
The queen, who celebrates her 92nd birthday on Saturday, had made clear her choice for Charles to succeed her.
“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 stated on the formal opening of the leaders’ assembly on Thursday.
Charles himself had additionally made an off-the-cuff pitch for the position this week, saying in a speech: “the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember.”
This week’s London assembly has been extensively assumed to be the final that the queen will attend in individual. The conferences are solely held each two years, the subsequent one is in Rwanda and the monarch has not taken a long-haul flight for a number of years now as she cuts again on her official duties.
The summit has seen hundreds of delegates from throughout the globe descend on London, debating points such because the atmosphere, ladies’s rights and commerce.
Britain has sought to make use of its internet hosting of the event as an opportunity to reinvigorate the unfastened alliance of nations, which have a mixed inhabitants of two.four billion folks, eyeing elevated commerce and global affect because it prepares to depart the European Union.
Reporting By William James; extra reporting by Andrew MacAskill; enhancing by Stephen Addison