The Commonwealth has begun secret deliberations to decide who will succeed the Queen as its head, it has been reported.

Although Prince Charles will become King on the death of his mother, the head of the Commonwealth is not a hereditary position.

A “high-level group” of Commonwealth officials are set to meet in London. The agenda for the all-day summit, seen by the BBC, says there will be a discussion of “wider governance considerations”, which insiders say is code for the succession.