If we talk about the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II has been ruling the Commonwealth countries for the last 6 decades. And now, the 92-year-old queen has made a historic decision announcing the next heir to the throne!
As per a report, Prince Charles will succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the Head of the Commonwealth.
The heads of government agreed on his succession on Friday. The queen said, “it was her sincere wish that her son would succeed her in the role one day.”
The decision was taken at a closed-door Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) retreat in Windsor Castle. “We recognize the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples. The next Head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales”, the leaders said in their official communique at the end of the CHOGM retreat.
During the Friday summit at the grand Waterloo Chamber of the Castle, the issue of the Commonwealth’s future was one burning theme. Many leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a part of the summit. Modi’s presence also indicated his backing for the royal.
“India has no objection to Prince Charles as the next Head because he has worked hard for the institution. However, we are also clear that there should be no institutionalization of the post”, a senior Indian official said.
“India is a key and growing player in the Commonwealth, one of its largest economies with almost half its population. So its voice matters”, reported BBC.
“For my part, the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember, beginning with my first visit to Malta when I was just five”, Prince Charles mentioned in his own welcome speech at Buckingham Palace.
He further stated, “I pray that this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will not only revitalize the bonds between our countries but will give the Commonwealth a renewed relevance to all citizens, finding practical solutions to their problems and giving life to their aspirations. By doing so, the Commonwealth can be a cornerstone for the lives of future generations, just as it has been for so many of us.”