Queen for son Charles as C’wealth head

London: Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head, making her first direct intervention into a succession plan for the 53-member grouping.
The 91-year-old monarch, the Head of the Commonwealth, said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the two-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here, also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The post of Head of Commonwealth is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the 69-year-old Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death.
The 53 leaders, gathered at Buckingham Palace, are to make a decision on the succession on Friday, the BBC quoted 10 Downing Street as saying. In her opening speech, the Queen described the group as “growing stronger year by year” and the world’s “great convening powers”, which would benefit from the stability to be offered by the royal family. “By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a prosperous and more sustainable world for those who follow us,” she said.