Britons want William for next King
UK: Britons want Prince William and his new fiancee Kate
Middleton to be their next King and queen, instead of the current heir
to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, three polls showed
The revealing surveys come on the back of a wave of public support
for the eldest son of Charles and his late ex-wife Princess Diana eldest
son after William announced that he and Kate would marry next year.
The News of the World newspaper published an ICM survey showing that
55 percent would like William, 28, to bypass his father Charles, 62, and
ascend directly to the throne when Queen Elizabeth II dies.
The poll of 2,015 people also found that 64 percent believed the
younger prince and his bride-to-be would be better for the long-term
prospects of the monarchy, against Charles and Camilla on just 19
The paper carried a mocked-up photo of William and Kate wearing
crowns and sitting on thrones.
In a separate Sunday Times-You Gov poll, 44 percent said Charles
should make way for William to be king while 37 percent said he should
not. Fifty-six percent thought William would be a better monarch against
15 percent for Charles. It surveyed 1,967 people.
A OnePoll survey for the People newspaper of 2,000 respondents
meanwhile found that 49 percent of people wanted William and Kate on the
throne, while only 16 percent opted for Charles and Camilla.
On Saturday a Harris poll for the Daily Mail newpaper showed similar
results, with 48 percent of people saying Charles should be prepared to
step aside in favour of his eldest son with Diana.
It questioned 1,008 people. The polls show that Britain may also
still not be ready for Charles’s comments in a television interview
shown Friday in which he said for the first time that Camilla, whom he
married in 2005, could become queen one day.
William and Kate stunned Britain with the sudden announcement on
Tuesday that they were engaged and would tie the knot in London in
spring or summer next year.
The exact date and venue have not been finalised but there is
speculation they may emerge in the coming week.
Several newspapers said the couple favoured a wedding in the last
week of April but palace officials wanted it later. William also said
that he had given Kate his mother’s enagement ring because it was
“special” to him.
Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, unleashing a tide of
public mourning, and she retains a popularity in death which has largely
been passed on to her sons William and Harry.
In Britain’s largely symbolic monarchy, the succession passes through
the eldest male heir where possible, which is Charles.
Queen Elizabeth II, aged 84, is the world’s second longest reigning
living monarch after Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In an interview with US network NBC filmed in August but broadcast on
Friday, Charles, 62, said he preferred not to think about becoming king
as it would mean his mother would have to die first. But when asked if
Camilla would become queen if and when he accedes the throne, Charles,
whose official title is the Prince of Wales, said: “Well, we’ll see
won’t we? But, that could be.”
London, Sunday, AFP