Her Majesty The Queen formally opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace on the fourth day of the summit. During her speech, The Queen publicly lobbied for her son, Prince Charles, to be the next Head of the Commonwealth when the time comes.
In the clearest signal that has been given to the family of nations future, Her Majesty The Queen said, “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 subject of The Queen’s successor as Head of the Commonwealth will be discussed at a private retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday by all Commonwealth Heads of Government.
The Queen also spoke of her life-long commitment to the Commonwealth in her speech on Thursday, “When I meet the young leaders of this century, I remember my own life-long commitment – made in South Africa at the age of 21. As another birthday approaches this week, I am reminded of the extraordinary journey we have been on, and how much good has been achieved.”
British Prime Minister, Theresa May, also took to the stage to congratulate The Queen on her lifelong commitment to the Commonwealth, “Over many years you have been the Commonwealth’s most steadfast and fervent champion. You have been true to the deepest values of the Commonwealth – that the voice of the smallest member country is worth precisely as much as the largest; that the wealthiest and most vulnerable stand shoulder to shoulder.”
The Prince of Wales made the first address at the formal opening to the gathered Heads of State, dignitaries and members of The Royal Family. “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 five years old.”
Members of The Royal Family who attended the formal opening included The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, The Duke of York, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Later on in the day, The Queen and The Prince of Wales welcomed new Heads of Government to Buckingham Palace for a reception.
Away from the Royal circle, Prime Minister Theresa May greeted the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at Buckingham Palace as he arrived for the formal opening of CHOGM 2018.
The Duchess of Cornwall had a solo engagement on Thursday as she hosted spouses for afternoon tea at Clarence House.
Thursday evening will see The Queen’s Dinner held at Buckingham Palace.