Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom, died aged 96 due to age-related illnesses at Balmoral castle in Scotland. Members of the royal family started gathering at the Balmoral castle after Buckingham palace doctors expressed concerns over her health. She died with her family by her side.
With her death, the throne of England opened up for the successor of the Queen to take over. Queen Elizabeth had been planning her succession for a long time and members of the royal family had been taking up more responsibility due to the Queen’s ailing health.
Now that she has passed away, it is expected that her eldest son, Charles, the Prince of Wales, will succeed her at the Buckingham palace. Now 73, Charles is the longest-serving heir in the history of the royal family. Along with the throne of the United Kingdom, Charles will also inherit the Commonwealths as well as all the assets under the Queen’s name, including land and property.
It is not only convention that will propel Prince Charles to the throne of England. In a 2018 meeting of all the Commonwealth heads, it was decided unanimously that Prince Charles will be succeeding Queen Elizabeth on the throne.
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Once the decision was made, Queen Elizabeth II also explicitly stated her wish for Charles to succeed her. She 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”.
Charles, the prince of England has been an active campaigner for environmental issues and has focused on sustainability in his speeches over the years. After Charles, his eldest son, William, the Duke of Cambridge is slated to become the next monarch of England.