QUEEN Elizabeth II could be the last British Sovereign to head the Commonwealth unless the 53 countries agree to fall behind her successor in a major blow to Prince Charles’ monarchy, it has been claimed.
While the majority of the Queen’s titles will be passed down to Prince Charles after her death, there is no such assurance for the role of Head of the Commonwealth.
The Queen designated the 53 member states as the Commonwealth of Nations shortly after her coronation, noting that many of the members had become independent of the British Empire and the Monarchy.
Now as it stands there is no formal replacement in line to take over the leadership of the commonwealth after the Queen – and any new head will require the support of member states.
And it is feared that when Prince Charles takes the throne he could be left out in the cold damaging his long-awaited reign.
Writing in the Spectator, journalist and Margaret Thatcher biographer Charles Moore recommended the Prince to take a modest approach to the Commonwealth when he is crowned king.
Mr Moore said: “The Commonwealth could have no Head at all — just a secretariat, and a rotation of countries in the chair.