Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head

Prince Charles is confirmed as the successor to Queen Elizabeth II as next Head of the Commonwealth

Prince Charles is confirmed as the successor to Queen Elizabeth II as next Head of the Commonwealth Credit AFP

"The next Head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales", according to the statement.

Considering how much controversy has surrounded Charles through the years though (hi, Camilla!), this is a pretty clear sign that the queen is keen on her firstborn son taking on his birthright as her successor.

Britain's Prince Charles greets Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford.

"Her Majesty has been the influence that has steered the Commonwealth to pay greater attention to our shared values and better governance".

Speaking at the end of a two-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm), hosted by the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister told a press conference: "His Royal Highness has been a proud supporter of the Commonwealth for more than four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation's unique diversity".

But any opposition was squelched by an intervention from the queen, who told the gathered leaders in person Thursday it was her "sincere wish" that Charles would one day carry on her Commonwealth work.

Britain laid on a lavish royal welcome for Commonwealth leaders, including a banquet at Buckingham Palace, the use of Windsor Castle for meetings and the deployment of royal glamour couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to a series of events.

"Who then - or in 1952, when I became Head of the Commonwealth - would have guessed that a gathering of its member states would one day number 53, or that it would comprise 2.4 billion people?" Bangladesh is also believed to have no objection to Prince Charles succeeding the Queen.

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The leaders' statement said they had set "specific commitments" which include building peace, promoting gender equality and tackling climate change.

The Bahamas delegation was led by Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Hubert Minnis who engaged in high-level dialogues with other Commonwealth leaders, April 16-18.

"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.

CHOGM takes place every two years in different Commonwealth countries, with the next host country also to be announced at the end of this summit.

What does the head of the Commonwealth do?

It is used to unify the 53 member states and to ensure the core aims of the Commonwealth are fulfilled.

The Commonwealth Secretariat, which carries out the organisation's day-to-day work, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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