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(01/02/08) -

Britons Confident on Monarchy’s Endurance

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Britain expect to have a king or queen for the next three decades, according to a poll by GfK NOP released by the BBC. 80 per cent of respondents think there will be a monarchy in 30 years’ time.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Britain expect to have a king or queen for the next three decades, according to a poll by GfK NOP released by the BBC. 80 per cent of respondents think there will be a monarchy in 30 years’ time.

Queen Elizabeth II has been the monarch of 16 independent nations since February 1952. Last month, Queen Elizabeth II became the oldest serving sovereign in British history, surpassing the 81 years and 243 days of Queen Victoria. 68 per cent of respondents believe the monarchy should not end when Queen Elizabeth II dies.

Prince Charles is first in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II, followed by his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. In April 2005, Charles married long-time companion Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony.

In her 2007 Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth II emphasized family values, declaring, "One of the features of growing old is the heightened awareness of change. To remember what happened 50 years ago means it is possible to appreciate what has changed in the meantime. It also makes you aware of what has remained constant. In my experience, the positive value of a happy family is one of the factors of human existence that has not changed."

Polling Data

Will there be a monarchy in 30 years’ time?

Yes

80%

No

15%

Should the monarchy end when Queen Elizabeth II dies?

Yes

28%

No

68%

Source: Gfk NOP / BBC
Methodology: Interviews with 1,000 British people, aged 16 and over, conducted in December 2007. No margin of error was provided.