For the first time in six years, the Prince of Wales is the most popular choice to be the next King, while support for the monarchy is swelling.

Shortly after Prince William’s engagement to girlfriend Kate Middleton was announced last November, two polls showed a majority of Britons thought he should succeed Queen Elizabeth and not heir-to-the-throne Charles.  However, according to a YouGov survey for Prospect Magazine released on Thursday, that sentiment has now been reversed.

Almost half (45%) of people said they wanted the heir to the throne to succeed the Queen, while only 37% said they preferred Prince William.

Experts have speculated that the reason behind the change is that the public want to allow Prince William to enjoy his life as a newlywed before assuming a more responsible role.

British constitutional expert Norman St John-Stevas said there was no possibility that the throne could bypass Charles in any case.  “It would be a major breach of our constitution. It would weaken the monarchy, it would make Prince William’s task infinitely more difficult, it would be an act of gross injustice to Prince Charles who has done so much for the monarchy.”

Six years ago, almost one in five people (19%) wanted an end to the monarchy but the recent poll found only 13% of people now felt the same.

Articles: Telegraph | Reuters

Official Royal Wedding Music — Set for Immediate Download

Royal Memorabilia: The Loving Cup

For the first time in history, when Prince William marries Kate Middleton next month, the Royal Wedding ceremony will be recorded and immediately released digitally by Decca Records. The entire ceremony at Westminster Abbey – including the service, the couple’s historic vows and the church music – will be released digitally on the day, making it available through iTunes within hours.

The official physical album of the wedding will then be released into British stores and across the rest of the world from 5th May. It will include a booklet with the order of service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings of the ceremony, as well as the music.

Source: Official Royal Wedding Website

Official Memorabilia Addition: The Loving Cup. A loving cup bearing the entwined initials C and W is among the latest additions to the official range of royal wedding china. Prince William and Kate Middleton had the final say on the design which includes doves, ribbons and hearts.  Demand for official royal wedding memorabilia is high.  Articles: BBC | Daily Mail

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