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Queen Elizabeth Just Officially Backed Her Son Prince Charles as the Next Head of the Commonwealth

Unlike the role of the monarch, this position isn't hereditary, and it's all but guaranteed.
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Later this week, Commonwealth leaders will vote on their next president, and for the first time, Queen Elizabeth is publicly backing her son Prince Charles as her successor.

While Prince Charles is the hereditary heir of 16 countries in the Commonwealth, he is not guaranteed to be chosen as the symbolic leader of the entire organization, a group which is made up of 53 countries, primarily former British colonies.

"It is my sincere 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," the Queen said on Thursday.

Commonwealth leaders will reportedly discuss the issue of the Queen's succession on Friday in a private meeting, which will cover a number of topics. According to the BBC, "the Queen presides over the meeting but does not take part in the leaders' discussions."

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“On the retreat, the 53 leaders get to go away together with no agenda and just talk about all the things that they desire to talk about. That enables them to deal with some quite tricky, sensitive issues, but collectively, collegiately and as part of the family,” Patricia Scotland, the organization's secretary general Patricia Scotland told the Guardian.

The British publication reports that Theresa May is also in support of Prince Charles as the next head of the Commonwealth.

Her spokesperson said Prince Charles has been a "proud supporter of the Commonwealth for four decades and has spoken passionately about the organization’s unique diversity."

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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