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Prince Charles named new Head of the Commonwealth

Prince Charles named new Head of the Commonwealth”

Prince Charles has been approved to take over from the Queen as the next head of the Commonwealth, according to Sky sources. She had expressed her "sincere wish" in her opening address for CHOGM on Thursday, that her son and heir, Prince Charles, step into her shoes, and a general consensus had built up around the 69-year-old royal.

The succession issue was due to be discussed on the final day of the meeting yesterday, when leaders travelled 32km outside London for private meetings at the Queen's Windsor Castle home.

Ahead of the history-making decision, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles welcomed all the heads of state from the Commonwealth countries to a banquet in London.

The Commonwealth evolved from the British Empire in the mid-20th century and the Queen has been the head since her reign began in 1952.

Anita Sethi, the author, who met the prince at the Commonwealth People's Forum, said that she told him that her mother was from Guyana.

The position is largely symbolic, but the queen's commitment has been a major force behind the survival of the Commonwealth.

Moments before she spoke, Charles made an informal pitch for the role as he described the Commonwealth as a "fundamental feature" of his life. She has visited nearly every member country over her 66-year reign.

The country became a member of the Commonwealth in 2009 and was only the second country to be admitted without a British colonial past or constitutional link to Britain.

The Commonwealth was formed as Britain's former colonies gained their independence, and its first head was the queen's father, King George VI.

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said he "very much agree" with the desire of the Queen.

But the summit has been overshadowed by uproar over the treatment by British immigration authorities of some long-term British residents from the Caribbean.



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