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Old 06-30-2014, 10:58 AM
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The overwhelming emotion of most people as regards whether Camilla should be Queen is indifference IMO. From my experience, people just aren't bothered whether she's Queen or not. That's how I know she's accepted. It makes no practical difference to their lives so why get worked up over it.

People said she and Charles would never marry because of public opinion, they said that when she did marry Charles she would never be accepted, that people would refuse to shake her hand or hurl abuse at her during her public engagements. That simply hasn't happened.

Having lived in the UK all my life, and in different parts of the UK, I regularly hear from people on the odd occasion that she comes up in conversation that their opinion of her has changed for the better. She'll never be loved by a big proportion of the population, but then the same could be said of, for example, Prince Philip. There's a growing affection for him now in his very old age, but he's never really been enormously popular.
This sounds reasonable to me. I suspect the fluctuations in recent polls are either the result of a bad sample or a change in wording, i.e., "queen" versus "queen consort."

My understanding is that when the time comes, Camilla will legally become Queen, regardless of the title she decides to use. The majority of people will either want her to be known as 'queen' or be opposed, but not really care that much.

At the same time, there will be a minority of people who will be rabidly and vocally opposed and the media will do its best to stir things up. Unfortunately, I think that Charles and Camilla may decide that she will use a lesser title because she won't want Charles reign to be overwhelmed by controversy over what is essentially a minor issue.

As the recent articles about his efforts with renovating the Dumfries property illustrates, Charles is dedicated to making a positive difference in people's life. He may become more popular if he played it safe and concentrated on photo ops with sick children--which would certainly do a lot of good--but he has decided to get involved in causes that aren't as media friendly but are still vitally important to the people involved.
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I'm sometimes rather skeptical of the popularity of the monarchy in the UK. Whenever you onto an article on Facebook or Daily Mail, about 99% of the comments are aimed against the royal family. The majority of them go on about how the royals are "parasites", how they should be shot for being "traitors", that the Queen and her family are just a load of "inbred Germans".
And with a big majority of the comments against HM and other members of the royal family it's makes me wonder if the monarchy is really as popular as people say it is.


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Whenever a real poll is done - such as YouGov - it shows that the BRF is very popular and that thus things like the DM aren't all that reliable e.g. one story will have 60% in favour and 40% opposed and the next one the opposite. I have posted there and had mainly up arrows one day and for the exact some post the opposite the next day.
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Old Yesterday, 05:33 AM
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Whenever a real poll is done - such as YouGov - it shows that the BRF is very popular and that thus things like the DM aren't all that reliable e.g. one story will have 60% in favour and 40% opposed and the next one the opposite. I have posted there and had mainly up arrows one day and for the exact some post the opposite the next day.

I never really like to doubt the popularity of the royal family, though some of the awful comments posted by people on things such as DM and FB make me wonder, one person even said that Prince George should be put in a bin! I'm all for freedom of speech, but comments like that are just downright horrible. Though I do believe that the at least 80% of Brits probably have a favourable view of the royal family, I believe many of those who post horrible things about the royals are very much on a minority, and hopefully always will be. As i said, if you favour a republican system then fine, you may give your opinion on that. However, people saying that HM & her family should be shot like the poor Romanov dynasty really are just despicable.

Though as you have said, polls done by several independent sources generally show the royal family's popularity is still very high, and long may it last.


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I never really like to doubt the popularity of the royal family, though some of the awful comments posted by people on things such as DM and FB make me wonder, one person even said that Prince George should be put in a bin! I'm all for freedom of speech, but comments like that are just downright horrible. Though I do believe that the at least 80% of Brits probably have a favourable view of the royal family, I believe many of those who post horrible things about the royals are very much on a minority, and hopefully always will be. As i said, if you favour a republican system then fine, you may give your opinion on that. However, people saying that HM & her family should be shot like the poor Romanov dynasty really are just despicable.

Though as you have said, polls done by several independent sources generally show the royal family's popularity is still very high, and long may it last.


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My sense is that many of the negative comments on the Daily Mail website are posted by a few people using several online identities.
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My sense is that many of the negative comments on the Daily Mail website are posted by a few people using several online identities.
And if you look carefully you'll notice that the majority of the negative comments are from people who are not from the UK or the Commonwealth, the majority are from US or South America.
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 AM
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Go any article DM the amount of bile in the comment section is unreal. If public opinion was really like the DM comment section then the RF would be booed everywhere they would go.
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Go any article DM the amount of bile in the comment section is unreal. If public opinion was really like the DM comment section then the RF would be booed everywhere they would go.

Well, I suppose you have a point there.


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I find it interesting that in the recent article on Camilla - where she went to the shortbread factory I posted 9 comments of which only 4 were published and they are running at 99 green and 34 red arrows in total but last week on a similar article I posted about the same number of posts - again had 4 published and had 166 red arrows to 34 green and the tone of all 8 published posts was the same - supportive of Camilla.

Has her popularity changed that much in a week? No - but the posts that are being posted are being rated differently in each case.
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Now why am I not surprised that only 4 posts were published each time, skewing the result for anyone reading the opinions.

The published opinions must have met the designated slant of the week criteria and, as you have shown, prove nothing about anything.
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