Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old, and no 91-year-old needs to keep working at that age. They should be gobbling scones and binging on East Enders reruns on their couch. The Queen has decided that it’s time to give up her job as the Head of the Commonwealth, and according to The Telegraph, it’s going to her first son, Prince Charles. As expected.
Sources tell BBC News that leaders of the Commonwealth met at Windsor Castle for a two-day summit which involved a secret discussion regarding who should take over when Her Majesty retires. The Head of the Commonwealth is a non-hereditary role, which means it could have gone to just about anyone out of the Commonwealth’s 53 leaders. It was even thought that it might rotate between leaders. But the general consensus was that it would go to Liz’s kid. This isn’t too much of a shock, considering The Queen has made it known in the past week that her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles succeed her one day. The Queen has been The Head since 1952.
Both Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already said they’re Team Charles. Today, Theresa May confirmed the decision, saying:
“On behalf of all our citizens I want to express the gratitude for everything Her Majesty has done and will continue to do. Today we have agreed that the next head of the commonwealth will be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.”
Theresa added that the decision was “unanimous.” Look at that, Chuck – you’re a star in somebody’s eyes after all!
The Head of the Commonwealth may sound like an aristocratic participation trophy, but it’s more than that. The Head of the Commonwealth is recognized by the Commonwealth of Nations as the symbol of their free association, and serves as a leader. Basically, he’s the club president. It’s largely considered a “symbolic” role. Symbolic or not, maybe he could do some pre-job training for his new role, so he doesn’t get caught saying any more racist-sounding things to the subjects he represents.
69-year-old Prince Charles will also be required to make visits to Commonwealth countries. On top of his very busy scheduled of visiting Commonwealth countries?! Shoot, he’s only one man! Don’t work him too hard. But if Prince Charles becomes the Head of the Commonwealth, then what does that make Camilla? “Might I suggest Head of the Common Slags?” probably whispered The Queen.