Queen backs Prince Charles to lead the Commonwealth

The Queen has revealed her hope for Prince Charles to be appointed as the next head of the Commonwealth.

During her address at the opening the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace overnight, she revealed it was her “sincere wish” for the Prince of Wales to take over the role “one day”.

“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. By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world.”


The Queen also described her role as head of the Commonwealth as an “extraordinary journey”.

“It remains a great pleasure and honour to serve you as head of the Commonwealth and to observe with pride and satisfaction, that this is a flourishing work,” she said.

Leaders from 53 Commonwealth countries are in attendance at CHOGM and are expected to make a decision on the succession on Friday.