Though the role is not hereditary, the monarch had wished that her son takes over the title.
Liftable reported that the Commonwealth leaders formally announced on April 20, 2018, that Prince Charles will be the leader.
Prince Charles, who is set to succeed his mother as the King of England, has been bestowed with another title.
Commonwealth leaders honored Queen Elizabeth’s wishes as they announced that Charles will take on the role as Head of the Commonwealth once he becomes the King.
The Queen, who currently holds the title, had expressed her wishes to the state leaders hoping that her son takes over the reins of the group.
The duties of the Head of Commonwealth are symbolic with the individual expected to serve as a unifying force between the 53 states. He/ She is expected to make regular visits to each of the member states and help build strong relationships between them.
Queen Elizabeth has shown intent during her stint as the Head of the Commonwealth. The group has grown from eight members in 1953 to 53 members currently.
This was probably the reason the leaders honored her wishes regarding her successor.
Reports suggested that the leaders considered a non-royal candidate but ultimately decided on appointing Prince Charles unanimously.
Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, endorsed the decision of appointing Charles, who is a proud supporter of the Commonwealth, adding that it made sense for him to continue his mother’s work.
Leaders were on the lookout for someone who could continue to build peace, advocate gender equality, and seek solutions to climate change and Charles is said to fit the bill as he is well traveled and an advocate for environmental causes.
The 69-year-old Prince said he was ‘deeply touched and honored by the decision.’ He added that he would continue to support the Queen in the service of the ‘unique family of nations.’