Camilla’s mission to make Charles THIS and decided to accompany Prince Charles

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Camilla’s mission to make Charles head of Commonwealth

The Duchess of Cornwall changed her mind and decided to accompany Prince Charles on a diplomatic charm offensive to Australia after his role as the future head of the Commonwealth was called into question.

Queen Elizabeth II Son Prince Charles is next in line for the throne Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II Son Prince Charles is next in line for the throne Photo (C) GETTY

An aide said Camilla, 70, had not intended to visit the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games but “had a change of heart”.

She will travel to Brisbane with her husband, overcoming her fear of flying, and spend four days Down Under.

She will arrive after the Opening Ceremony on April 4 and leave before the heir to the throne concludes the week-long tour in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The source said: “It was her decision. It’s not as if she’s being frogmarched there. She just felt it is a really important gig.

“It’s one hell of a journey for a very short space of time but the Duchess loves Australia and the people so she is really looking forward to it, even though she doesn’t relish the flying.”

Prince Charles and Camilla present prizes to Cardiff University Photo (CPrince Charles and Camilla present prizes to Cardiff University Photo (C) GETTY) GETTY
Prince Charles and Camilla present prizes to Cardiff University Photo (C) GETTY

Commonwealth leaders indicated earlier this month that Charles would not automatically succeed his mother and the decision must be ratified at the Heads of Government meeting in London in April.

The Queen, 92 in April, was proclaimed head of a much smaller Commonwealth at her coronation when she became head of state in seven of its eight members.

Today the Commonwealth is much larger and the Queen is head of state of 15 realms among its 53 members, mostly former parts of the British Empire.

It was her decision. It’s not as if she’s being frogmarched there. She just felt it is a really important gig

Prince Charles devotes time to watercolour painting Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Charles devotes time to watercolour painting Photo (C) GETTY

The Duchess of Cornwall has changed her mind and decided to accompany Prince Charles to Australia

An aide said Camilla, 70, had not intended to visit the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games but “had a change of heart”.

She will travel to Brisbane with her husband, overcoming her fear of flying, and spend four days Down Under.

She will arrive after the Opening Ceremony on April 4 and leave before the heir to the throne concludes the week-long tour in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The source said: “It was her decision. It’s not as if she’s being frogmarched there. She just felt it is a really important gig.

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“It’s one hell of a journey for a very short space of time but the Duchess loves Australia and the people so she is really looking forward to it, even though she doesn’t relish the flying.”

Commonwealth leaders indicated earlier this month that Charles would not automatically succeed his mother and the decision must be ratified at the Heads of Government meeting in London in April.

The Queen, 92 in April, was proclaimed head of a much smaller Commonwealth at her coronation when she became head of state in seven of its eight members.

Today the Commonwealth is much larger and the Queen is head of state of 15 realms among its 53 members, mostly former parts of the British Empire.

It had been assumed that Charles would become the next head, having represented the monarch at meetings and on overseas tours.

The Queen will be succeeded by Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen will be succeeded by Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY

The trip comes after Australia’s coalition government announced it is standing by former prime minister Julia Gillard’s pledge five years ago to back Charles.

Charles has previously opened the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi on the Queen’s behalf and this will be his seventh attendance at the four-yearly Olympics-style multi-sport event.

Charles and Camilla last visited Australia in 2010.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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