Commonwealth leaders agree to make Prince Charles head

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"It is my honest 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 91-year-old said.

Some have suggested that the role, which is not hereditary, could be rotated around the 53 member states, but the Queen, 92, expressed her preference on Thursday for her oldest child to take it on.

Now, however, the Prince of Wales has upset a woman of Guyanese descent after meeting her during the Commonwealth summit.

This year's meeting is likely the last that the Queen will attend, as she has cut back on long haul travel.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, seemed to oppose Charles's succession, telling the BBC on April 15, "Maybe it's a time to say, 'Well actually the Commonwealth should decide who its own president is on a rotational basis.'" But the heads of government chose Charles regardless, and now the Prince of Wales has another feather for his cap!

With the latest development, leaders of the 16 commonwealth nations have concurred. Independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific have joined The Commonwealth over the years.

     STEPPING BACK The Queen will never abdicate the throne but will give Charles reigning power
GETTY STEPPING BACK The Queen will never abdicate the throne but will give Charles reigning power

Rwanda will become the first African nation to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting since Uganda in 2007.

In a statement after their meeting at Windsor Castle, they said: "We recognise the role of The Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples".

"Her Majesty has been the influence that has steered the Commonwealth to pay greater attention to our shared values and better governance. An increasing emphasis on trade between our countries is helping us all to discover exciting new ways of doing business".

Rwanda has in recent years hosted major worldwide summits and meetings including; World Economic Forum for Africa, African Union Summit, Transform Africa, Next Einstein Forum, among others. As another birthday approaches this week, I am reminded of the extraordinary journey we have been on, and how much good has been achieved.

Outside Buckingham Palace, more than 100 officers and soldiers of the Coldstream Guards were in honour guard, wearing scarlet tunics and bearskins, as a 53-gun salute marked the formal opening.

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