Commonwealth head: Will Prince Charles take over from the Queen? Who decides?

December 1953 The Queen and Prince Philip peered over the railings of the SS Gothic in the Panama Canal during their Commonwealth tour

December 1953 The Queen and Prince Philip peered over the railings of the SS Gothic in the Panama Canal during their Commonwealth tour

According to the Commonwealth Secretariat website, it will be up to the Commonwealth heads of government to decide on their next leader after the Queen's demise.

"Australia, as you know, strongly supports the continuation of the king or queen of the United Kingdom as the head of the Commonwealth", Mr Turnbull told reporters in London on Thursday.

'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'.

"It is my honest 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", she told the leaders.

Asked whether Prime Minister May thought Charles, the Prince of Wales, should be the next head, the Downing Street spokesman said: "This is obviously a decision that is taken later in the week, and a decision taken by all the members together".

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The leadership discussions come amid a wider debate, however, about whether the Commonwealth should transform into a global leader on health, education and the environment, or whether the ageing and bureaucratic institution has already outlived its usefulness.

Charles, 69, told Commonwealth leaders the body had been "a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember".

Her eldest son Prince Charles is heir to the throne in 16 of the 53 Commonwealth member states, which are chiefly territories that used to be part of the former British Empire.

The title Head of the Commonwealth is an honorary, not hereditary, position and there have been calls for it to go to someone other than Prince Charles.

Soldiers of the Coldstream Guards carry flags of the 53 Commonwealth countries along The Mall toward Buckingham Palace in London.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he will raise LGBT rights with leaders of Commonwealth nations on the fringes of the meeting.

Moments before she spoke, Prince Charles made an informal pitch to take over leading the group of 53 nations, giving leaders a small reminder of his commitment to the Commonwealth.

Gunners at St. James' Park near the palace ended the formal launch ceremony with a 53-gun salute in honour of all members of the Commonwealth, following which the leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, entered Lancaster House for the executive session of CHOGM. The government has been under attack after it emerged this week that in 2010, officials destroyed thousands of immigration landing cards recording Windrush arrivals. Ms.

Prince William and Prince Harry were also in attendance.

The summit ends on Friday.

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