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Prince Charles will not automatically succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth

Contrary to popular belief, the position of head of the commonwealth - currently held by the Queen - is not hereditary and will not automatically pass to Prince Charles. When the Queen dies the choice of the next head will be made collectively by commonwealth leaders.

In fact, a Yougov poll in 2009 found that fewer than one in four commonwealth citizens wanted Prince Charles to succeed the Queen as their head.