April 16, 2018 / 4:44 PM / 9 days ago

UK supports Prince Charles to succeed Queen Elizabeth as Commonwealth head

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain backs Queen Elizabeth’s son and heir, Prince Charles, to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth network of 53 mostly former British colonies, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

Britain's Prince Charles gestures during a tree-planting ceremony at Government House in Darwin, Australia April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

“The UK supports the Prince of Wales as the next head of the Commonwealth. He has been a proud supporter of the Commonwealth for more than four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation’s unique diversity,” the spokesman told reporters.

“Succession is a matter for the Commonwealth as a whole to determine.”

Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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