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People want William as next king

world Updated: Nov 22, 2010 00:58 IST
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Britons want Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton to be Britain’s next king and queen, instead of the current heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, polls showed on Sunday.

The survey comes just a day after Charles said that Camilla could become queen one day, reopening a sensitive debate over the role of the woman he married eight years after the death of his ex-wife Princess Diana.

The News of the World published an ICM survey of 2,015 people showing that 55% would like William to bypass his father Charles and ascend directly to the throne when Queen Elizabeth II dies. The survey also found that 64% believed William and Kate would be better for the long-term prospects of the monarchy, against Charles and Camilla on just 19%.

William and Kate, both 28, announced on Tuesday that they will marry in London in spring or summer next year. The date and venue have not been finalised but there is speculation they may emerge in the coming week.