Prince Charles Voted In To Lead The Commonwealth, Succeeding The Queen

21 April, 2018, 10:35 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May sit next to each other at the opening ceremony. May is clapping and looking at the queen

Prince Charles welcomed the guests saying that the modern Commonwealth had a role to play in building bridges between member states creating "fairer societies within them and a more secure world around them".

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 19th April, 2018, when he delivered a toast to Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace, on the occasion of the Queen's Dinner for Heads of Government of the Commonwealth.

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prince Charles share a meeting in 2017.

Her Majesty has been the ruler of the Commonwealth since she took to the throne in 1952.

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"And so, ladies and gentlemen, I pray that this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will not only revitalise 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".

Such a decision Commonwealth leaders approved on Friday at Windsor castle, reports Sky News, citing sources, writes the Chronicle.info with reference on the European truth.

The Queen said: 'It is my honest wish that the Commonwealth will decide that one day the Prince of Wales will carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.

The 53 member states had unanimously agreed to fight protectionism as part of an effort to expand intra-Commonwealth trade to 2 trillion U.S. dollars (£1.4trn) by 2030, she said. Bangladesh is also believed to have no objection to Prince Charles succeeding the Queen. "They will also consider reform and renewal of the Commonwealth", a Commonwealth statement said.

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"The broad contours of the discussions focused on development cooperation between India and Bangladesh as well as some follow up on the visits by both leaders to each other's countries and the status of the implementation of the decisions taken during those visits", an MEA spokesperson said.

The next CHOGM will be hosted by Rwanda in 2020.

The position is largely symbolic, but the queen's commitment has been a major force behind the survival of the Commonwealth.

It is used to unify the 53 member states and to ensure the core aims of the Commonwealth are fulfilled. Its members include small island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific that are among the countries most vulnerable to rising seas, fiercer storms and other effects of global climate change.

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