A majority of British people support The Prince of Wales’ marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, according to surveys out today.
The results run counter to three snap polls conducted immediately after the announcement of the wedding, all showing a majority disapproving.
But today’s Times reports that the approval ratings for the nuptials have risen since a poll last year.
The paper found some 43% supported the forthcoming wedding, with 22% disapproving and 30% saying they did not care. In June last year, 32% approved, with 29% against and 38% uncaring.
And a separate survey for the Daily Mail also provided good news for the newly-engaged pair, finding 58% approved of the wedding, with 27% against.
But the surveys do not give wholly positive tidings to the happy couple, with 66% of the 500 people surveyed for the Times saying the Queen should not abdicate in favour of the Prince in the next few years, with 25% in favour of a handover. The Mail found 40% believed Charles should not become King now he is marrying Camilla, with 55% believed he should.
And asked how the marriage would affect the monarchy, 49% of the 500 people quizzed by researchers for the Mail said it would be weakened, with 27% thinking it would be strengthened.
Half of those surveyed told the Times it would make no difference, with a third – 33% – saying it would be weakened.
Meanwhile, it was revealed today the diamond and platinum engagement ring sported by Camilla was previously the Queen Mother’s.
Described by the palace as a Royal Family heirloom, it was reported that the stunning ring – a square-cut central diamond with three diamond baguettes on either side – was worn by Charles’ late grandmother on state or formal occasions.