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Prince Charles may not succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth

9Honey logo 9Honey 17/04/2018 Natalie Oliveri

Prince Charles. © Phil Noble/AAP Image Prince Charles. Prince Charles is due to become King when his mother, the Queen, either passes or abdicates.

But there's another role currently occupied by her Majesty which Prince Charles is not guaranteed for.

A decision is due to be made later this week, on who will succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth inherited the position from her father George VI but the job isn't hereditary.

There's now a push for the 53 countries within the Commonwealth to decide who leads them, with U-K Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying now is the time to act.

The new holder could also be elected in a term-by-term basis.

Prince Charles is widely tipped to take over as Head of the Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is preparing to fly to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which will include a formal gathering at Buckingham Palace and a retreat at Windsor Castle.

It's believed Mr Turnbull will back Prince Charles as leader.

But the Prince of Wales isn't the only contender for the role.

His son, Prince Harry, has just been named by the Queen as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

It's a major step up for the 33-year-old, who has seen his royal duties increase significantly since his grandfather, Prince Philip, retired last year.

Following the announcement, Prince Harry said: "In my new role I will work to support The Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today".

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry's new role will see him "highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth, on both UK engagements and overseas tours to Commonwealth countries.

"HRH will work to create links between young people and youth leaders, and will encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation."

There's also talk Prince William could become the new Head of Commonwealth, with the Duke of Cambridge opening a summit of Commonwealth leaders in London overnight.

In a speech, the Duke said: "You represent millions of diverse voices, so use your combined intellect and creativity to challenge the status quo and to push the boundaries of what the Commonwealth is capable of.

"The Commonwealth has rightly been described as 'the mother of all networks'. There is no other organisation on earth that marries politics with the civil society and the networks that the Forums represent.

"There is no other network on earth that even comes close to this – we must make the most of it, cherish it, and protect it for the generations to come, who will build on it."

A decision is expected to be announced by the weekend.

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