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?