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New poll shows majority support new Prince of Wales and investiture – although not necessarily like Charles’ 1969 ceremony

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A new poll published by YouGov has shown that a majority support Prince William becoming Prince of Wales, with support also shown for an investiture ceremony.

The YouGov poll for ITV and Cardiff University showed 66% supported the title of Prince of Wales being given to Prince William now that Charles has become King.

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Just 22% opposed the move, with 12% saying they didn’t know.

While an investiture doesn’t have to take place for someone to become Prince of Wales, the poll found that 39% of respondents supported a ceremony taking place, however only 19% wanted an investiture similar to the ceremony held for Prince Charles in 1969 at Caernarfon Castle.

30% of respondents said they wanted a different kind of ceremony, while 34% wanted no investiture at all.

Charles’ investiture at Caernarfon Castle in 1969 was watched by millions, however it attracted protests from Welsh nationalists.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has previously been reported as saying that there should be “no rush” for an investiture and that any decision should be made in Wales.

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Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture and Tourism, Tom Giffard MS said: “Three quarters of the Welsh public have a favourable view of the Prince of Wales and think he will do a good job. A clear plurality of Wales supports an investiture of some kind. The honorary title of The Prince of Wales should not be controversial.

“The position itself is an economic asset, particularly to the tourism industry, in Wales. Just as UK tourism benefits from the Royal Family to the tune of millions each year, an investiture will bring in people from far and wide to enjoy the event, adding to the Welsh economy.

“The naysayers in Labour and Plaid Cymru are yet again putting their ideology above the prosperity of Wales.”

During the Prince’s tour of Anglesey earlier today, it has been reported that William has no plans for “any kind” of an investiture, focussing instead on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.

(Lead image: Royal Family)

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