HASLike G7 or NATO meetings, Commonwealth summits follow an unchanging ritual. The conclave of Kigali (Rwanda), which has just brought together the 54 countries that are members of the large overseas family comprising mainly the former dominions and the former British colonies*, was no exception to the rule. But beyond the traditional family photo, the occasional speeches in plenary and the laborious compromises behind the scenes, the event marked an important step in the succession.
For the first time during the reign of Elizabeth II, Prince Charles replaced his mother, aged 96 and in precarious health, on her favorite diplomatic ground. The exercise had many pitfalls.
As a representative of the monarch, the dolphin had a margin of…
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