The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head.

She said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

The role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death.

The 53 leaders, gathered at Buckingham Palace, are to make a decision on the succession on Friday.

Addressing the gathering of dignitaries, royals and the prime minister, 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.”

Issues under discussion at the two-day summit also include ocean conservation, cyber security, and trade between the countries.

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