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Queen dealt crushing blow as young Britons turn back on monarchy – new Royal Family poll

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A YouGov survey has found almost half of 18-24 year olds are in favour of a democratically elected head of state, rather than a monarchy. The poll found 41 percent of young Britons would prefer to remove their King or Queen in the future for a representative voted in by public.

Less than a third of respondents, 31 percent, said they supported the monarchy.

The long term future of the Royal Family could be in doubt, according to the latest polling trends.

The YouGov survey has been running for the past two years and found support for an elected head of state has risen by 15 percent since 2019.

It has grown from 26 percent in 2019, to 37 percent in 2020, and then to 41 percent this year.

However, there appears to be a huge generational divide on the Royal Family, with older Britons in favour of the institution.

Seven in 10 of those aged 50-64 still back the monarchy, a decrease of just one percent since 2019.

For those aged 65 and above, 81 percent want the monarchy to carry on, this figure is also down one percent from 82 points in 2019.

The majority of people aged 25 to 49 are also in favour of retaining of sovereign as head of state.

More than half (53 percent) said they want to keep the monarchy as it is, but this is down five percent from 58 percent in 2019.

The same demographic found just over a quarter (27 percent) would prefer an elected state head, up four points.

Prince Charles, 72, is the heir to the throne followed by his eldest son, Prince William, 38, and then Prince George, seven.

The Royal Family has been rocked by a number of controversies in recent years.

Prince Andrew quit royal duties following a disastrous interview over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019.

Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their senior roles within the Royal Family to live in the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also took part in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March and made a number of widespread accusations against the royal institution.

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The Queen, 95, remains one of the constants and has reigned for a record 69 years.

The Queen shows no signs of slowing down and is preparing to mark her Platinum Jubilee next year.

The YouGov poll surveyed 4,870 GB adults in 2019, 3,127 GB adults in 2020, and 4,997 GB adults in 2021.

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