Queen Elizabeth is preparing for a historic anniversary. The longest-serving British Monarch will celebrate her 92nd birthday on April 21 and in a very rare she's publicly backed her successor.
The Queen formally asked the Commonwealth Heads of Government to appoint Charles as her successor of the association of Britain and its former colonies. The leaders are expected to base their decision based on the Queen's position.
“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 royal said at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace.
“By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all,” she continued.
Prince Charles also made a speech to the 53 Commonwealth leaders present. For my part, the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember, beginning with my first visit to Malta when I was just 5 years old.
“And so, Ladies and Gentlemen, I pray that this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will not only revitalize the bonds between our countries, but will also give the Commonwealth a renewed relevance to all citizens, finding practical solutions to their problems and giving life to their aspirations.
“By doing so, the Commonwealth can be a cornerstone for the lives of future generations, just as it has been for so many of us.”
While many expected Prince William to overtake his father as the future King of England based on his popularity, the Queen has spoken and it looks like we'll have to wait a long time to see Willam wear the crown.