The longest reigning monarch prepares her last bow.

Queen Elizabeth, issued a formal request for the Commonwealth Heads of Government to put her son Prince Charles as her successor amid an official gathering at Buckingham Palace in April 2017.

She stated, "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.”

The queen proceeded to state that she trusts Prince Charles will carry on her inheritance, including, “By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all.”

Prince Charles is the first in a long list of heir to the throne, so the declaration was bound to happen. Nonetheless, Queen Elizabeth hadn't publicly supported her son as the next Commonwealth head… until this moment.

May "God save the King", Prince Charles.

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