23 Apr 2018

Commonwealth Heads meeting likely Queen's last

From Morning Report, 8:43 am on 23 April 2018

The weekend's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London is likely to be the last time the meeting will be hosted by the head of the Commonwealth, the Queen. Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday at the weekend and avoids long distance travel. She now sends Prince Charles to represent her at the meetings. And he will continue in that role when she dies. The Commonwealth leadership is not hereditary but the leaders have agreed Charles will eventually succeed the Queen. The Queen lobbied for Charles to be assured of the position - was this a sign she's preparing the monarchy for her inevitable departure? Ingrid Seward is the editor of Majesty magazine and has just published a book, My Husband and I, chronicling the Queen's 70 year marriage to Prince Philip. She talks to Guyon Espiner.