In what People calls a "rare move," Queen Elizabeth has publicly requested that her son, Prince Charles, be chosen as the next leader of the British Commonwealth, which is composed of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire, after her death.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II, who has been the monarch of Great Britain since June 2nd, 1953, address the Commonwealth Heads of Government. Queen Elizabeth, who turns 92 on Saturday, asked them to appoint Charles as her successor.
Queen Elizabeth is the group’s symbolic figurehead. Unlike ruler of England, the role is not hereditary.
The leaders of the Commonwealth are expected to discuss who should follow the aging queen in her in the role. Prince Charles is expected to "get the nod," reported People.
“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,” the Queen said at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace, according to ABC News.
“By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all,” she continued.
According to CNN, in his own opening remarks at the summit, Prince Charles called the Commonwealth "a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember." He recalled his first trip to Malta as a five-year-old boy.
"The modern Commonwealth has a vital role to play in building bridges between our countries, fairer societies within them and a more secure world around them," he said.
Later on Thursday, the Queen and Prince Charles will host a lunch at Buckingham Palace for new heads of government. And this evening, Prince William, who will be king after his father, and Prince Harry will arrive at the palace for a formal reception.
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