A majority of Britons prefer Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, to take on all the Queen’s current royal duties, a new survey shows.
According to the YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, some 42 percent of Britons want Queen Elizabeth II to let the Prince of Wales take the throne, compared with 36 percent who want her to continue.
Furthermore, about 53 percent of those polled said they would prefer Prince Charles to succeed the British Queen, compared to 31 percent who said they want Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to inherit the throne straight from his grandmother.
“The Queen is of an extraordinary age, and Charles has recovered so massively in public approval [over the last five years],” said YouGov president Peter Kellner.
An earlier Sunday Times/YouGov poll found that 48 percent of Britons say Queen Elizabeth II should abdicate in the event that she becomes too ill to perform her public duties, compared to only 43 percent who believe she should continue in those circumstances.
The survey of 1,945 people in May last year also indicated that 53 percent of Britons say the Queen should resist calls for abdication and remain in her role for life, representing a fall from 64 percent in March 2013.In April last year, Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, saying she wants the new generation to take the country’s responsibility !