Commonwealth secretly making succession moves:
The Commonwealth has secretly started thinking about who could succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned.
The matter is hugely sensitive because the function isn’t hereditary and won’t pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death.
The Commonwealth has put up a “high-level group” to examine the way the international organization is governed.
This group is meeting later, officially to review the way Commonwealth is run by its own secretariat and governors.
However, senior sources added that the gathering in London would also consider what happens when the Queen, who turns 92 in April, dies.
One explained: “I imagine the question of the succession, however distasteful it may naturally be, will come up.”
The agenda for the summit, seen by the BBC, says there is going to be a discussion of “wider governance considerations” which insiders say is code for the succession.
The group is expected to report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April, which is very likely to be the last that the 91-year-old monarch will attend.