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Britain's Prince William is more popular than the Queen: poll

(Reuters) - Prince William is Britain's most popular royal and is regarded more favorably by the public than either Queen Elizabeth, his grandmother, or Prince Charles, his father and heir to the throne, a poll showed on Sunday.

The poll, by ComRes for The Independent on Sunday newspaper, canvassed more than 2,000 Britons and showed that Britain's royals are more popular than any of the country's politicians, including Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sixty-eight percent of those asked said they had a favorable view of Prince William, 63 percent of the Queen, 43 percent of Prince Charles, and 28 percent of Cameron, the country's most popular political party leader.

The poll, which was conducted on June 11-13, was not the first time that Prince William has been identified as the most popular royal. His wife Kate gave birth to a baby son last year amid a global media frenzy, boosting the couple's profile.

The survey's overall result confirms previous polling which suggests that the popularity of the British monarchy is at its highest level in decades.

The Queen, 88, is in good health and has been on the throne since 1952. If she decides to step down, as Spain's King Juan Carlos did earlier this month, Prince Charles, her 65-year-old son, is next-in-line for the throne.

Prince William, 31, is third-in-line.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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tmccull52 June 16 2014 at 9:24 AM

Sssshhhhh. Don't let Barack and Michelle Obama get wind of this. They think that THEY'RE the most popular royals.

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joan June 16 2014 at 9:26 AM

You bet Prince William is popular. However, his mom is an amazing royal who has done a fantastic job for many, many years. Charles and Camilla, especially Camilla, will never be popular and everyone wishes William (and Kate) could take the queen's place on down the road. It is an insult to the world to think of anyone having to bow to Camilla.

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franki77az June 16 2014 at 10:11 AM

William is not third in line to the throne; he is second.

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BRIAN STATTER June 16 2014 at 11:59 AM

I would sooner see any of the british royalty than our stinking presidents family RULE BRITTANIA GOD BLESS THE QUEEN AND HER FAMILY>

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rude June 16 2014 at 10:36 AM

Sadder yet is the American media's sick obsession with these people.

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s June 16 2014 at 9:45 AM

The Burger King is my favorite royal .

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Mike s June 16 2014 at 11:17 AM

And I'll take any old drag queen over Elizabeth.

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telurico s June 16 2014 at 10:55 PM

What about King Soopers?

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murphyajnjc June 16 2014 at 12:04 PM

Princess Diana has them all beat!

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wilmaflintstone murphyajnjc June 16 2014 at 12:29 PM

She is dead.

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Storm wilmaflintstone June 16 2014 at 12:59 PM

Yes she is thanks to Charles and his nasty wife.

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crdh64 wilmaflintstone June 16 2014 at 2:45 PM

So!! She's still more than Camilla could ever be.

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siscosdad murphyajnjc June 16 2014 at 4:21 PM

Except Harry....

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cgssnavickas June 16 2014 at 3:18 PM

Of course he's the most popular. He married a gorgeous woman, has an adorable child, and he under the age of 40. I'm assuming that most of the people participating in the poll are in his age bracket.

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tjgreen857 June 16 2014 at 10:20 AM

That's how the privileged live. Nothing to do with us. We struggle, they don't. Yet, we keep them afloat, solvent and in comfort. They are useless parasites. Serving no purpose at all.

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Victor June 16 2014 at 6:14 PM

William and Kate are a credit to the throne and to William's mother Princess Diana

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