Last night, Her Majesty held a banquet in the Buckingham Palace ballroom and said it was her ‘sincere wish’ that the Commonwealth ‘will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949’.
Prime ministers and presidents including Justin Trudeau and Theresa May are at Windsor Castle today for a crunch private meeting to decide if the Prince of Wales should succeed the Queen as its new figurehead.
Prince Charles has been installed as the new Head of the Commonwealth after world leaders accepted his mother’s heartfelt plea to give her son the top job. The heads of the 53 nations who make up the organisation, which is mostly made up of former territories of the British Empire, have decided they will not ignore the Queen’s heartfelt intervention, but an official announcement on Charles as chief is not expected until 5.45pm.
According to Mailonline, the consensus among the world leaders was that Charles was the best person for the job, no vote was required.
Her Majesty’s unprecedented request for her eldest son to take over from her came amid pressure from critics including Jeremy Corbyn who said it should now go to a foreign leader or be rotated between members. The leaders came to their decision during discussions held at their retreat, at Windsor Castle, where informal talks are held without aides or advisers present.
According to Lloyd Dorfman, chairman of of the prince’s trust welcoming the news that prince charlse is to become the next head of the commonwealth, he said: ‘At present, seven of the nine countries where we run programmes are in the Commonwealth including Australia, Barbados, Canada and India, so we are already supporting thousands of young people in Commonwealth countries.’I have seen the prince operating with his charities at close quarters. His vision and efforts are making a big difference and changing lives. ‘As head of the Commonwealth, the prince will be able to amplify this work and bring to the table his extensive experience, wisdom and passion.’
Charles’s hopes were given a massive boost on Thursday, when the Queen publicly endorsed his future leadership at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
The unprecedented move was thought likely to end years of speculation about who will take over as head of the institution her father King George VI first led in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said on Thursday: ‘I very much agree with the wishes of Her Majesty that the Prince of Wales be the next head of the Commonwealth.’
And Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, told the BBC: ‘It would be good news, the Queen herself does very well and certainly we have been fortunate to have her leadership of stable leadership over this period. ‘But having the Prince of Wales would certainly not be an unhelpful act at this point in time.’
And the organisation’s outgoing chair-in-office, Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat, appeared to take Charles’s future role for granted when he told delegates: ‘We are certain that, when he will be called upon to do so, he will provide solid and passionate leadership for our Commonwealth.’ But the succession is not automatic, with the decision in the hands of the heads of government of the 53 Commonwealth states.