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Prince Charles is Britain's 'first choice for King'

The poll is the first since 2005 where Charles has seen a clear lead as first choice to be the next King. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A new poll shows Prince Charles is now the nation’s first choice to be the King, with the country also ready to accept Queen Camilla.

The poll is the first since 2005 where Charles has seen a clear lead as first choice to be the next King. It shows:

  • 51% believe he should take up his right to the throne
  • 40% said William should be next
  • Nearly every age group wanted Charles to be King
  • Strongest support was among 45 to 54-year-olds
  • The youngest group surveyed of 14 to 24-year-olds prefer William

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51% of people questioned in a recent poll believe Prince Charles should take up his right to the throne. Credit: : Danny Lawson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Sun's Royal Editor Duncan Larcombe told ITV News how Prince Charles has gone from being a PR disaster to a 'trendy, on-message global environmentalist'.

Speaking to the Sun on Sunday Conservative MP Mary MacLeod, a former policy adviser to the Queen, added that the Duchess of Cornwall has "worked really hard" since marrying Prince Charles in 2005.

Camilla has worked really hard since she married Charles. She has been beavering away quietly for charities behind the scenes and there is no doubt the public have warmed to her. Last year’s royal wedding only sought to emphasis the friendship between different generations.

The royals seem more like a family and people relate to that and this poll shows they clearly want to keep that stability. Prince Charles has also been doing a lot of good work, particularly through the Prince’s Trust.

– Mary MacLeod, Conservative MP