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Who will succeed Queen Elizabeth II - Prince Charles or William?
The popularity of Queen Elizabeth II is on a high as Britain marks the 60th anniversary of her coronation in 1953. The feel good factor has also increased with the arrival of a new royal baby. Yet, the thought of the next generation has invited speculation about the Queen's own future.

The public opinion in Britain seems to have softened with the recent abdication of aging monarchs in the Netherlands and Belgium. A recent poll showed that only 43 percent thought the Queen should continue to rule if illness prevented her from fulfilling her duties. Next in line to the throne of course is her son Charles -- but, at 64, is he also getting too old?


“I think Prince William and Kate are great public figures because everyone loves them, everyone associates with them. Young people really resonate with them. So I think he'll be a really good king for England,” Lucy Sherwood, a British resident told AFP.

“No, I think that's how it's been done for centuries. I think as a public, we'd prefer Prince William, but you can't change centuries of the way things are,” said Bethany Chiswell, a British resident.

Prince Charles has already taken on a number of his mother's duties. This year he will also fill in for her for the first time at the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka. But ever since his divorce from Diana, the so-called 'people's princess' and marriage to less-popular Camilla, Charles hasn't enjoyed the best reputation.

However, his reputation seems to have recently improved, with 50 percent of Brits thinking he would make a good king, according to AFP. But to a younger generation, it's no doubt that William and Kate have stolen the show. “A lot of young people, I would imagine, are keener there should be a king and queen of their own generation. I know certainly my children do. And the idea in presentational terms of what might be a couple of septegenerians tottering up the aisle at westminster abbey to be crowned as king and queen, because for sure Camilla will be Queen, that doesn't do the brand an awful lot of good. I don't know how they're going to resolve that,” Patrick Jephson, Former private secretary to Princess Diana told AFP.

History and convention dictate that succession will not leap-frog a generation Charles may just have to content himself that one day he will rule in the shadow of his own, more youthful, successor.


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