Prince Charles is officially Queen Elizabeth successor as the head of the British Commonwealth.
The role has been rotated in 53 Member-States, mostly former British territories, but at the biennial British Commonwealth summit this week the Queen, the British Government and other leaders have supported Prince Charles.
The succession issue was due to be discussed at the final day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Queen's Windsor Castle, home where leaders have travelled 20 miles outside London for these private meetings.
Previously we have seen the Duke of Cambridge statement that he does not wish to become the next monarch after Queen Elizabeth II, giving the throne to his father.
Charles, the Prince of Wales, is said to have been desperate for not taking up the throne of the United Kingdom and has spent his whole life preparing for the role.
"Although like his father, William will be destined to have a far shorter reign than his grandmother, he has said he has no desire to ‘climb the ladder of kingship’ before his time.” Gill Knappett has written to Charles, Prince of Wales.
“Without a doubt, when the time comes our new King will serve with a strength of character that will continue to see our Royal Family the envy of the world. When that will be is for God alone to know.” Knappett wrote.
The Commonwealth evolved out of the British Empire in the mid-20th century, and the queen has been its head since her reign began in 1952. Charles had long been expected to take on the role, even though it is not strictly hereditary.
British Commonwealth summit was debating this week with thousands of delegates from across the globe descend on London, issues such as environment, women’s rights and trade.
The mistreatment of Caribbean immigrants who helped to rebuild Britain after World War Two has been caught up the summit in a tightening of immigration rules.
The biennial meeting, taking place in Britain for the first time in 20 years, could be the last attended by the 91-year-old queen as she cuts back on some of her official duties. The next summit is due to be held in Malaysia in 2020.