Leaders agree to Queen’s desire next Commonwealth head is Prince Charles
By Valencia Grant, press secretary to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis
BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris greeted Her Majesty the Queen April 19 in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. Prime Minister Harris bowed in respect to the monarch as they paid gracious courtesies to each other at a dinner for the leaders of the Commonwealth.
Today, the leaders acceded to the Queen’s wish for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, to one day succeed her as the head of the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth II has led the Commonwealth, which is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states, since 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.
As Her Majesty the Queen formally opened the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, she said, making reference to her eldest son, “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.”
Today, the Commonwealth leaders said in a statement, “We recognize the role of the queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” adding, “The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.”
This announcement comes ahead of Her Majesty the Queen’s 92nd birthday tomorrow. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June (http://time.com/5248082/queen-elizabeth-two-birthdays/).
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday party concert will take place tomorrow at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be broadcast live from 8 p.m. (London time) on BBC One and BBC Radio 2. The Queen’s Birthday Party is a BBC Studios’ Production for BBC One and BBC Radio 2.