UK Commonwealth to decide next head in coming week – and it might not be next British sovereign

UK Commonwealth to decide next head in coming week – and it might not be next British sovereign
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[Ed. – It would certainly be interesting if it weren’t the Queen’s successor.  The heads of state in the Commonwealth are mostly elected (examples that are not include the Sultan of Brunei and the King of Swaziland), and don’t remain in their offices for 66 years (and still going) at a time.  How would things change with a rotating Head of the Commonwealth?  Stay tuned.]

A decision on whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth is expected later this week, the UK government said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman on Monday declined to say whether she thought the position should go to Prince Charles, stressing that it was a decision for all leaders of Commonwealth states.

He told a regular Westminster media briefing that the issue was expected to be discussed when leaders of the 53 Commonwealth governments gather for a retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday.

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On Friday, leaders of 53 Commonwealth states covering 2.4 billion people will meet and head to a retreat at Windsor Castle for “frank dialogue”. …

The Queen has been head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952, but the position is not automatically held by the British monarch.

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