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Who would you like to see succeed the Queen – Prince Charles or Prince William?

In a recent newspaper poll apparently, the public wants Prince William to be King when Queen’s reign ends.

Pollsters Deltapoll interviewed 1,590 adults and found a generational divide over who should take the throne – with younger people even calling for Prince Harry to become king.

The Duke of Cambridge has a 20-point lead – 47% to 27% – over his father Prince Charles in a huge blow to the heir’s ­popularity despite great strides to improve his public image over the past two decades.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a very positive public image.

The data, weighted to be representative of the British adult population as a whole, will come as a shock to the royal family, who launched a PR drive after Charles’s divorce in 1996 from ­Princess Diana and their handling of her tragic death in 1997.

Just over 40% believe the monarch, who turns 95 on April 21, should remain in her ­position until she dies.

A fifth believe she should abdicate if in good health compared to 27% declaring Britain’s longest-serving monarch should choose to abdicate if her health fails.

Graham Smith, CEO of anti-monarchy group Republic, said: “No matter what the polls say Charles will be king.”

“This poll sets up the monarchy for a major crisis in support at the start of the decade that will probably see the succession of King Charles.”

“As we approach the end of the Queen’s reign this medieval system is going to collide with modern British values. And the only credible solution is for the people to choose our head of state.”

“It’s time Britain had a serious grown-up debate about who replaces the Queen. If voters want a choice that can only happen in a republic.”

What are your views? Who do you think should become king? Would you like to see Prince Charles take his rightful place on the throne or should he be bypassed and allow Prince William to take the reigns?

Who would you like to see succeed the Queen - Prince Charles or Prince William?

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MissThyme
2 days ago
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Prince Charles is the rightful heir, so there should be no question of his being next on the throne.
cornerman
5 days ago
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I would like Prince William to be king with Prince Charles in a supporting role.
lolly22
2nd May 2021
1
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I personally think Charles would make a good King as I do William .They both carry out their duties and are hard working Royals. Give William a chance of a life before he becomes King .. Charles should take over from the Queen
suem56
19th Apr 2021
4
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Apparently, Charles can't say "No" to the throne and the Queen can't choose anybody else. However, I believe that morally, Charles should abdicate as soon as he ascends the throne and pass the reins of the reign over to William. After the way Diana was treated by Charles and Camilla I don't believe the British public would accept Queen Camilla.
viking
18th Apr 2021
1
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Apart from the right to succession etc., etc., to push W into this position at such a young age would not be a good idea. Once again experience and age count for so much with this position.
C has a grasp on some of these world leaders who come to the UK on a "visit " who are very crafty and just wait for an opportunity to further themselves at some one else's expense.
Hazbeck48
27th Apr 2021
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The Queen was only 25 when she ascended the throne! William has been brought up from birth to become King one day, so he knows what to expect, whereas the Queen had no idea when she was a child, that she would one day become our Monarch. However, I think most British and Commonwealth citizens would agree that she has done a wonderful job throughout her long reign.
viking
1st May 2021
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The big difference is that Elizabeth knew that she was the heir to the throne and had to learn fast from her mother and father who suffered from ill health and a quick succession would be required.

William is not "in waiting", Charles will take the throne and has had many more years experience and advice in dealing with the chicanery of some of the politicians and heads of state and their perfidious ways.
AlanB366
18th Apr 2021
5
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It's about time these anti-monarchists shut up. Having the monarch as a benign constitutional head of state precludes having the idiots who manage to get themselves elected. As in USA 2016 to 2020. The monarchy is a stabilising force on our country.
Trillium
17th Apr 2021
0
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VivienK
17th Apr 2021
1
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We don't get to choose! Also why would we put that responsibility on William while he's still a young man with a young family?
sparrer
17th Apr 2021
3
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It is not the public's choice. Prince Charles is next in line to the throne and he will take his position as king. That's the way is has always been and should go on. Just because some joe in the street doesn't like someone (someone he doesn't even know but is led by the nose by the gutter press) doesn't mean he can change tradition.
Hasse55
16th Apr 2021
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As neither would have an impact on my life I don't really care which pampered prince succeeds the Queen.
Maggiemaggiemay
16th Apr 2021
4
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It is not who we would like, it is Prince Charles’s birth right. He is the heir. If he wishes to abdicate then Prince William would be next in line. I don’t expect he is in to much of a hurry to be on the throne.
BeverleyannW
16th Apr 2021
1
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prince William,we need someone with the stamina to carry on what the Queen started, I dont think Charles has that same oomph
AlanB366
18th Apr 2021
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I think stability is more important than oomph.
Jannybear
16th Apr 2021
4
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It's Charles' birthright and what, I believe, will happen. Let William and Kate have some sort of life before taking on the role.
LynI8
16th Apr 2021
2
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I think we need some one younger to be king , Charles is 73 and that is a lot for someone his age to be taking on such a stressful job .
MargeF
16th Apr 2021
3
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Prince Charles has spent his lifetime learning the role ahead of him. Let us have him As King and let William enjoy a backing position leaving him time to enjoy his family - a choice his Grandmother and Grandfather did not have.
tedsmum
16th Apr 2021
4
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right of succession so should be Charles
Billythequiche
16th Apr 2021
6
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Sorry, this is a "non-question". Our culture and system of government is for a Constitutional Monarch who has the right of succession by birth. Otherwise we may as well have a sort of Republic with a popularity contest for a title such as president. A sort of Love Island for leaders.
Brrr. Just had a shudder. With false news, influencers, "me toos", virtue signallers, wokesters and any amount of "spokespeople?", for self interest groups of all persuations who can come up with a snappy acronym.
Beam me up Scottie, please.
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
5
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I believe Charles should definitely become our King, when the time comes..He's been groomed for it all his Life, whereas William is relatively speaking, still at the begining. I admire Charles ethics and views on the environment. I believe William has started to share his Fathers views, and will eventually make a good King too.
FranM38
16th Apr 2021
0
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Although its Charles by birthright, I would prefer to see William take the throne as he is more in tune with the young of today, and would bring the Royal Family into the 21st Century.
time for change
16th Apr 2021
6
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I feel that William and Kate should have much time with their family before taking on the duties of State which will change everything for them.
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
0
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I agreewith you there.
MarkW61
16th Apr 2021
3
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The succession is the succession, we don't vote for this. Our royal family give us stability as head of state, they are not perfect what family is, but they are a darn site better than any voted for president. God save the Queen.
Janet the ganet
16th Apr 2021
5
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Prince Charles has been in training all his life to be King and I think he is much underestimated and has lots to offer the country.
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
4
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I so agree with you Janet, and Camilla compliments him so well. Quietly supportive, as was Prince Phillip to the Queen.
Bonnie1950
16th Apr 2021
3
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William, although a great king in the making is a little too young, I know he is older than our Queen was but that was unavoidable.
Asclepius
16th Apr 2021
3
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Prince William has a young family to raise. He should be allowed to have as much time as possible with his growing children before being burdened by the top position. What else does Charles have to do and he has been kept waiting long enough to acceed. HM queen deserves a little rest and time to mourn. Let charles take over soon. I disagree Camilla is unpopular. She has overcome early stigma.
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
1
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Camilla has certainly proved her worth ..
Margaret Buie
15th Apr 2021
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Charles unfortunately brings Camilla along with him and I am afraid she still isn’t a popular person so William and the beautiful Catherine for me
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
4
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I disagree re Camilla. She is a very hard-working, member of the Royal Family..Always quietly supportive of Charles, and NEVER puting herself forward
Supersabre
15th Apr 2021
1
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Well, sorry folks. All of this will be decided behind closed doors like most other things in this country today And what you or i think matters not one jot.
Unless and until they want one of two things : your vote or your money.
viking
14th Apr 2021
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It always seems to raise such controversy in the UK,---- do away with the monarchy , problems with succession, benign dictatorship etc., etc.
No disrespect to the UK , but take a leaf out of the sovereign scandinavian countries books. Denmark, Sweden, Norway etc., etc. It is possible to have both, and have your cake and eat it.
Countrygirlblues
14th Apr 2021
8
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It has to be Prince Charles he has lived his whole life in preparation to be the King. He will bring his own views and life skills to the job. I am sure there is a lot more to Prince Charles that we do not know. We have found out so much more of the life of Prince Philip in his death then we the public knew of him before his death.
I think Prince William needs to spend the coming years bringing up his young family and get more life experiences so that in time he will be a better King for it. They each have a job o do now . That is to deal with the loss of a parent and grandfather. They have big shoes to fill and follow from the example of our HRH Queen Elizebeth II
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
0
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Rosamia
12th Apr 2021
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jeffsoo
12th Apr 2021
1
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For the republicans among us remember this, it's not the power the Monarchy has it's the power they stop ANYONE from having.
Lionel
12th Apr 2021
1
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Yes. Yes. Yes. Perfectly put. Thankyou
AlanB366
18th Apr 2021
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jeffsoo
12th Apr 2021
2
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King Charles III for me.
Surfer Pete
12th Apr 2021
-2
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While you have to feel sorry for Charles who has been waiting for so long for his moment I think it is time to modernise for the sake of the country. Charles is an old fogey and will be unable to connect with a good proportion of the nation.

William has a better chance of making the royals more relevant and has to lead a seriously slimmed down royal family.
Wilf
12th Apr 2021
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I totally agree with you Surfer Pete. The nation loves Will and Kate and they would be the perfect figureheads to lead UK PLC. A lot better eye candy than most of Parliament that's for sure!...mind you Boris will look a lot better with a No 1 haircut soon!
JE
12th Apr 2021
3
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Yes, perhaps you are right but he will connect with the other old fogeys of the nation and there are still a good few of them about! It’s Charles for me as he is next in line and it should be him unless he makes the decision to step aside for William. It’s not a popularity contest but his right by birth. Plus you never know, he might surprise us all and be the one to drive through some much needed changes to the monarchy, if given the chance.
MallyMon
12th Apr 2021
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Nobody because I think it's time to start phasing out royalty in this country. For so many reasons. We are in the 21st century and still bowing and curtseying? No. The royal family has grown exponentially and it's time we now drew a line. Buckingham Palace and other residences could be used to house the homeless and we could all start caring more about others who are in need.

We humans need to start caring more. Not revering those who were born into lives of luxury (not always happy lives but luxurious ones nonetheless). Other countries throughout the world have proved that you don't need royalty to rule a country. Time to let it go now, peacefully and with dignity.
Wilf
12th Apr 2021
8
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Great for our image, interesting for other nations and a brilliant source of living history and tourism. We don't want a President here-look at them around the world and name a good figurehead?
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
2
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I feel there is definitely a case for keeping Royalty..It is not so much a case of reverence, but rather of respect. Also the popularity of the pomp and splendour draws so much Tourism...when allowed.. to our shores.
AlanB366
18th Apr 2021
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Other countries have not proven themselves to have a better system. Look at some of the loonies who become their heads of state. As long as the monarch is head of state, no-one else is. Therefore stability.
Wilf
11th Apr 2021
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I think William needs to take over so we have a new way of thinking for the 21st Century-The youth would follow him. Charles is too much rooted in the 19th Century.
Lionel
11th Apr 2021
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In principle I agree with you Wilf. Charles is rather in the mould of his grandmother - a Victorian or Hapsburg emperor. I cannot see him coping with the rigours of a twenty first century monarchy.

However, in the absence of words to the contrary, he is next in line.

Charles may have already signed a document of abdication, or may do so soon. He is too old for the nation to get value for money from him, too set in his ways to modernise anything (I am too!) and frankly the possibility of a ten or fifteen year effective reign before a regent is required doesn't thrill me.

I would prefer to see William take the throne, but it's not public opinion that matters, it's precedent.
Wilf
12th Apr 2021
1
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Yes I think you are right Lionel, Charles will not step aside for William but it would be much better for him if he did as he is getting old now and we need a breath of fresh air like William & Kate for the 2020s
Scriptitation
14th Apr 2021
2
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I don't know how old you are but I cannot agree with your ageist remarks. Charles is two years younger than me and I am not set in my ways, so please do not claim to be speaking for my age group. Each generation is entitled to see its 'royal contemporary' succeed to the throne and I'm not going to be robbed of that. The Act of Succession governs this and I, for one, am very much looking forward to Charles's succession to the throne. He is very insightful and intelligent and has been preparing for this all his life. On the occasions when he speaks publicly he is always interesting and it is fascinating to see how his awareness is evolving from monarch-in-waiting to monarch-regnant. Too many people, including the media, make superficial judgments based on flimsy whims instead of serious insight. I'm sure William will be excellent in his turn but his time is not yet. He is still learning 'the ropes' and has three small children to bring up. It's time that all this silly speculation about the royal succession came to a swift end!
Lionel
14th Apr 2021
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I thank you for your kind words Scriptitation. The manner of your speech alludes to an uncommon grace.

The original Speakers Corner in Hyde Park London, I would remind you, on which principles this part of Silver Surfers is modelled, allowed people of diverse backgrounds and opinions to voice their thoughts. I spoke there on several occasions in the sixties, then rather sadly being a London resident.

That you should disagree with my long held views here given voice is no surprise. Indeed, it is expected there would be disagreements.. That you should demean me in such a fashion is a surprise, since most Silver Surfers are intelligent, experienced and really quite pleasant.

You do not know how my views of Charles were formed; what were the occasions of such opinions. Therefore you speak in ignorance!

Please let me assure you, I do not need a lesson in British Constitution; make no mistake, I'm not your fool.

My opinion of Charles remains, even strengthened by your post here. So I thank you for your boldness, and your contempt, and look forward to a real crossing of swords.

Touche.
Scriptitation
15th Apr 2021
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"Most Silver Surfers are intelligent, experienced and really quite pleasant", your words. My original impression of Silver Surfers was of a group of people with modern ideas who would scorn ageism. I have not found this to be the case. To casually dismiss anybody as "too old", as you and one or two others have done, is unacceptable. You have not been demeaned, neither have you received a lesson from me in British Constitution. Your sensitive reaction indicates you have not been crossed enough!
Wilf
15th Apr 2021
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I have to say I agree with Lionel that "Most Silver Surfers are intelligent, experienced and really quite pleasant” and I place myself in that bracket and indeed all the other Silversurfers I have had the pleasure to converse with over the last few years. This is a wonderful site for free speech and banter. Long may it continue and Price Phillip would have thoroughly approved!
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
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I think a lot of people would be surprised to know of the huge variation of things that Charles is involved in. I believe he will make a good King.
Hazel
16th Apr 2021
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I wholeheartedly agree with you. Charles, I believe will be a strong King, with Camilla by his side. (As with our Queen and Prince Phillip).
Norman999
11th Apr 2021
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I think the Royal family image needs a breath of fresh air and some of the archaic practices need modernizing. The pageantry is fine. I have nothing against Camilla but I imagine her position would be difficult by the side of Prince Charles
Lionel
11th Apr 2021
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As has been more than adequately explained by 24 hour wall to wall coverage of Philip, he was a hands on Consort, into everything. He did a good job in modernising the monarchy but it's time to do it again.
MaureenSW38
11th Apr 2021
6
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I am all for Prince Charles being our King, he has been loyal to the throne and will make a good King
oldlady72
11th Apr 2021
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I believe that the monarchy needs to be brought into the 21st century and Prince Charles is to old and set in his ways to adapt to the current world situations.
Scriptitation
15th Apr 2021
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Why do you say that when it was Charles who advocated modern organic farming methods, modern ideas on town planning and the environment and the Prince of Wales Award Scheme for young people? It is also Charles who advocates the slimming down of the Royal Family, hence the minimal number of photos on the Queen's desk when she gave her Christmas Message to the nation. Have you ever met him? If not, on what do you base your assertion that he "is too old and set in his ways to adapt to the current world situations", except blind prejudice?
CaroleAH
11th Apr 2021
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Definitely HRH Prince Charles - he is the heir apparent and will make an excellent role model for William to follow. Let William and Kate enjoy their children whilst they are still young.
jeanmark
10th Apr 2021
11
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If Prince Charles decided to step down in favour of his son, so be it, otherwise I believe it unfair and wrong to expect Charles to be sidelined. Charles is heir apparent is he is the Queen's eldest son and thus his right by birth.
Lionel
10th Apr 2021
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My only contention since Christmas 2003 is that Charles will not take the throne but step aside. I believe an ultimatum was handed him by the Queen and Prince Philip ... Camilla or the throne. When he stormed out and flew back to Highgrove he had signed away the throne.

Time will tell.
oldlady72
11th Apr 2021
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Place of birth right does not always guarantee a wise and up to date ruler. It is time for the younger generation to take over.
jeanmark
11th Apr 2021
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Lionel, I have no problem with him stepping aside, for what ever reason, but it should be his decision not the publics perception of what should be.
Lionel
11th Apr 2021
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Absolutely! I couldn't agree more. I am only suggesting, based on observation of the Royal Christmas 2003, and subsequent events, it is already written in stone.
jeanmark
11th Apr 2021
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Oldlady72, I see no problem with someone who has learnt the ropes of the trade from their mother through out their life. I believe Charles is well aware of what the modern world holds, as do many of us. I also think he will want to allow William the time to enjoy his children full time, something his own mother never had the chance to experience full time.

However, if he chooses to step down that his also his right.
HilaryP1
10th Apr 2021
4
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Prince Charles. It is his right to succeed as our next King. Hope I am still here to see it happen.
CaroleAH
11th Apr 2021
3
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Me too, Hilary! I was born on Prince Charles's first birthday so fingers crossed that I will live long enough to have seen three monarchs of this great country. 🙂

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