Welsh majority support ceremony for William to become Prince of Wales

The investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II in 1969. (PA Images)

A majority of people in Wales want to see a ceremony for Prince William if he becomes Prince of Wales after the Queen’s death, according to a new poll.

In 1969, Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle, after studying for a term at Aberystwyth University, where he learned Welsh.

He was crowned Prince of Wales and delivered a speech in Welsh, but the ceremony was controversial, coming at a time of heightened nationalist sentiment in Wales.

However, more than 50 years later, polls from Beaufort Research for WalesOnline discovered that the Welsh people would mostly host a similar ceremony for William when Charles was king.

Researchers conducted some 1,000 interviews across the country, asking, “When Prince Charles becomes King, would you like to see Prince William appointed Prince of Wales at a public ceremony known as the investiture?”

Over half, 61%, of people said yes overall, while 26% said no and 13% did not know.

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Support was higher in North Wales than in Cardiff in the South, with 66% of those in the North supporting it compared to 57% in Cardiff and South East Wales.

Younger people were less inclined to support it, with 39% for and 38% against in the 16-24 age group.

Among those over 65, 66% wanted a nomination, but 22% did not.

Fluent Welsh speakers were slightly less likely to support the nomination, at 60% and 31% against.

Non-Welsh people were 63% in favor and 23% against.

The leader of the Welsh Conservative Party of Senedd, Andrew RT Davies, told the newspaper the poll showed “how out of touch Republicans and nationalists are to the nation”.

Millions of people watched Charles’ nomination in 1969 while it was televised, but there was a nationalist opposition minority. Two members of one group, Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru, attempted a bombing but were themselves killed outside government offices in Abergele.

There is no guarantee that William will be the Prince of Wales when Charles ascends to the throne. The title merges with the crown, so Charles would have to recreate it and give it to his son.

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However, William will definitely inherit the Duchy of Cornwall, as Charles will become the Duke of Lancaster, so the prince is guaranteed a new title.

The Duchy of Cornwall was created to provide income for the heir to the throne.

William hasn’t had as many ties to Wales as his father has over the years. He and Kate lived there for some time after their marriage, in Anglesey, but his royal country home is Norfolk.

His name was William Wales when he was in the RAF and in college.

A poll in April found Prince William was the favorite with 47% of people to be king before his father when the queen died.

Charles, 72, who will become king upon his mother’s death, was chosen by only 27% of those polled as their preferred option for the monarch, according to Deltasondage.

July 1, 1969: Queen Elizabeth II crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales, during his investiture ceremony at Caernarvon Castle.  (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)

The Queen crowned her son Charles, Prince of Wales, during his investiture ceremony at Caernarvon Castle in 1969 (Fox Photos / Getty Images)

July 1, 1969: investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales, at Caernarvon Castle.  (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

The ceremony was watched by millions of people on television. (Hulton Archives / Getty Images)

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Deltapoll asked 1,590 British adults who they would prefer between Charles and William as monarch upon the queen’s death, but they also gave the option of not having a monarch at all.

Almost a fifth of respondents, 18%, said they did not want a monarchy in Britain.

When people were offered a wider choice of royals to replace the Queen as monarch, William, 38, always came out on top, with 41%.

YouGov survey late May showed that 38% of people believed William should become the next king upon the death of Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, 34% of those polled said Prince Charles is expected to succeed, as expected.

Of the respondents, 16% thought there should be no monarch and 12% did not know.

The May poll was a slight increase in popularity for Charles, who polled 32% in December, and a slight drop for William, who was preferred as the next king by 40% of people in the same month.

There are no plans to change the line of succession upon the death of the Queen.

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