03/24/2011

Charles back as public's favourite for throne

While a royal wedding may have endeared the Windsors with the a fraction more of the British public, it hasn't helped Prince William's bid for the throne.

Charles For the first time in six years, Charles, 62, has topped a poll asking the British public who they would like to succeed the Queen.

In the YouGov poll conducted for Prospect magazine, the larger-eared prince beat out his lesser-haired son 45 percent to 37.

Five years ago, William, 28, was the heir favourite, 41 percent to his father's 37.

Charles' jump ahead was based largely on the aged vote, with those over 60 favouring the older prince, while under-40s slightly favoured William.

Peter Kellner, president of YouGov, told the Telegraph: "In recent years, polls have consistently found that the public would prefer William, rather than Charles, to be Britain’s next monarch. No longer.

"Perhaps the feeling now, in light of William’s upcoming wedding, is that he should enjoy some years of as-normal-as-possible life with Kate before he ascends to the throne.

"It is said that some of Elizabeth II’s happiest days were spent in the late 1940s as the wife of a young naval officer in Malta, before she became Queen."

That could be a reason for Charles' rise in the public's eyes, or perhaps they're upset at footing the security bill on the royals' big day. Maybe one of Middleton's hats, or her pancake flipping technique offended?

But, it wasn't all good news for the royals.  One in four Brits wanted the Queen to step down before her 85th birthday.

But don't wrench her from the throne just yet -- 65 per cent were happy for her to continue in her role as monarch.

The poll also showed that Birtons were happy for the Queen to remain head of the Commonwealth and wanted to scrap rules stating that the eldest son of a monarch should be the first to accede to the throne and that royals were not allowed to marry Catholics.

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No problem with scrapping the rule that the eldest son of a monarch should be the first to accede to the thorne, but royals should not be allowed to marry Catholics, as the monarch is the head of the Church of England!

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