Prince Charles to succeed Queen as head of the Commonwealth

DW – April 20, 2018

The Commonwealth’s heads of government confirmed on Friday that Prince Charles would be the next head of the association of former British colonies once he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.

The 53 Commonwealth leaders released a statement announcing Charles’ future appointment following a private two-day retreat at the royal residences in Windsor.

“We recognize the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” the statement read. “The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.”

The announcement had been expected after the Queen on Thursday said she hoped her son would lead the Commonwealth after her.