Rwanda to host Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020

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The Bahamas delegation is led by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who will engage in high-level dialogues with other Commonwealth leaders. During the queen's speech, where she addressed the Commonwealth heads of government, she made her clearest remarks about the future of the head of the family of nations. The decision will be taken collectively by Commonwealth heads of government, who are meeting Friday at the royal residence.

Mr Trudeau said he would support a bid by Prince Charles to become the new leader of the Commonwealth, endorsing a view set out by Queen Elizabeth.

The 91-year-old head of the British monarchy and the Prince of Wales attended the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held at the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.

The Queen received long applause from the leaders of 53 Commonwealth countries as they demonstrated their gratitude to her for her service to the network she has headed since 1952.

May said that it was "fitting" that Prince Charles would succeed the Queen due to his "proud support" of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth is a community of 53 countries - mostly former British colonies - with a combined population of about 2.4 billion.

"By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities", she added, "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". "Our consensus-based approach flows from our belief in the equality of all nations", the Commonwealth leaders maintained.

"And so, Ladies and Gentlemen, I pray that this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will not only revitalize the bonds between our countries, but will also give the Commonwealth a renewed relevance to all citizens, finding practical solutions to their problems and giving life to their aspirations".

She said she was also glad to see young people connecting through technology, and becoming ever more involved in that area.

Britain's Prince Charles greets Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford. "We will miss her inspiring presence, her calm, her steadiness and, above all, her great love and belief in the higher goal of this Commonwealth of nations in its capacity to be a force for Good".

It was the President's fervent hope that the deep love Queen Elizabeth shown for the Commonwealth "will continue to light the way for all of us and our successors, as we endeavour to establish firmly in a world, where many traditional assumptions are under serious threat, the values of fairness, decency, freedom and openness, which have been the object of her work".

Others are skeptical that increased Commonwealth trade can make up for reduced access to Britain's biggest market, the EU. "At that time, the Commonwealth comprised just eight nations".