See Who Is Taking Over From Queen Elizabeth As Head Of Commonwealth
Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit on Thursday.
This may be her last time as the queen hinted, voicing her hope that her son, Charles, Prince of Wales would be allowed to carry on her role.
Queen Elizabeth will be 92 years on Saturday, and she welcomed leaders from the 53 Commonwealth nations — mostly former colonies — to Buckingham Palace for two days of talks that will include discussions on trade, marine protection and tackling cybercrime.
In her opening speech, Queen Elizabeth spoke of her own “extraordinary journey” as head of the Commonwealth, which started under her father King George VI with the London Declaration of 1949.
“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,” she said.
Queen Elizabeth, who has been the group’s symbolic figurehead since 1952, gave up long-haul travel in support of the biennial summit in 2013 and the 2020 gathering is set to be held in Malaysia.
On the closing day on Friday, leaders are expected to discuss who should follow Queen Elizabeth in the role.
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