Queen Elizabeth II, who just turned 92 last year, made an important announcement on her birthday.
The queen has named her son and heir, Prince Charles, 69, to take her crown on the role of leadership of the Commonwealth.
The Prince will be the queen’s successor, representing roughly one-third of the world’s population in a mostly symbolic manner.
The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting happened in Buckingham Palace. The first time the meeting took place in Britain was 20 years ago.
It was a chance to reconnect with former British colonies and revive the loose alliance of 53 Commonwealth countries ahead of Brexit.
“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,”Queen Elizabeth II, formal opening of the meeting.
The Prince was pleased to accept the role as leader of the Commonwealth of Nations, which encompasses former territories of the British Empire all over the world.
Watch as Queen Elizabeth II names her successor in the footage below.
“For my part, the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Prince Charles.
Maybe the Queen just wanted to retire and enjoy the rest of her life. You did an excellent job, Your Highness.