It’s an awkward conversation to have on the eve of your mother’s 92nd birthday, but Prince Charles has gratefully accepted approval to succeed the Queen as the next head of the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth heads of government met in Windsor, on the final day of the CHOGM summit, to discuss who should take over in the event of Her Majesty’s passing.
“We recognise the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” the Commonwealth leaders said in a statement.
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“The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.”
There had been calls for the role to be rotated around the 53 member states.
Queen Elizabeth herself backed her eldest son, 69-year-old Charles (pictured).
The Monarch turns 92 today, with a star-studded concert to be held in her honour tonight, featuring Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Sting and Shaggy.
While royal watchers are also anticipating the arrival of Prince William’s third baby with wife Catherine and Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle.