It’s an event 70 years in the making – Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
Beginning today, from June 2 to June 5, the 96-year-old Queen will be feted with parades, a concert at the palace, and other celebrations to honor her historic reign. Queen Elizabeth II, who became monarch in 1952, has surpassed Queen Victoria to claim the title of the U.K.’s longest-reigning monarch and the first U.K. monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – and that deserves a toast! (See here for the schedule of events for the Queen’s Jubilee.)
Is it just me, or does it seem that all I ever see in the media are the photos and stories of Harry and Meghan Markel? There are a few other feel-good stories on the Queen and the odd scandal stories of Prince Andrew. Nevertheless, what is the level of popularity of the British monarchy in Britain nowadays?
Harry and Meghan’s popularity has sunk to an all-time low, according to a new poll – just days before the couple are due to fly in from California for the Queen’s Jubilee. The results, published today, showed Harry’s favorability score had dropped to -26, which means just 32 percent of people polled see him in a positive light, compared to 58 percent who think of him negatively. See this in the chart below and learn more here.
Many feel that Harry and Meghan disrespected his family to seek riches in America, using his privileged position to do so. Others, especially in the “woke” media, support Harry and Meghan as it throws a wrench into the British monarchy. A monarchy that represents a racial colonial past that lives on today and is a source of privileged wealth inequality. One could postulate that this is the reason why we have so many stories about Harry and Meghan in the “woke” media.
However, the Queen remains the most popular royal, with more than eight in ten Britons holding a positive opinion of the monarch, versus just 12 percent who see her negatively, equaling a net score of +69.
Elsewhere in the family, Prince William has a net score of +59. Kate is at +55, Charles’ rating is +19, Camilla has a score of +9, while Andrew is by far the least popular, with a net figure of -80. See the popularity ratings in the chart below.
But these polls are more about personalities and their recent behaviors. What do the British people feel about the monarchy in general?
Although the British monarchy is supported by a plurality of people across most age groups in Great Britain, it is among over 65 year-olds where the level is supported is highest at 81 percent. Younger age groups are progressively more likely to oppose the monarchy, with 41 percent of 18-24 years olds opting instead for an elected head of state. See this in the chart below and learn more here.
From the above data, the British monarchy has a lot of work today. The youth are reversing the support that many in the older generation have had for the monarchy. As the Queen considers the passing of the baton to the next generation, the decision made could be critical for the monarchy’s future.
YouGov tracking data shows that the public is split 34 percent to 37 percent on whether Prince Charles should succeed as king after Queen Elizabeth or whether the crown should pass down in favor of the more popular Prince William. The British public tends to think both princes will make good kings should they ascend to the throne, but there is significantly more confidence in William than in Charles.
In any case, people today will enjoy the pomp and ceremony of the coming Queen’s Jubilee. What the future brings for the British monarchy remains to be seen.
By Tom Williams at Right Wire Report
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