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Monarchy special: What Britain really wants

From the archive: Poll reveals that 75 per cent of Britons want to change the male rule of succession—but young people are most against it. Why?

By Peter Kellner   April 2011

Royal wedding fever in teacup form—but just how popular is the monarchy in 2011?

If the public has a message as William prepares to marry Kate, it is this: give the lad a break. In recent years, polls have consistently found that the public would prefer William, rather than Charles, to be Britain’s next monarch. No longer. In YouGov’s latest poll for Prospect, just 37 per cent of respondents thought that William should succeed his grandmother, while 45 per cent think Charles should inherit the crown after more than four decades as Prince of Wales. This compares with a 41-37…

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