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Queen Diana or Queen Camilla: People have their say

The Duchess of Cornwall’s popularity is on the up, but when it comes to choosing a Queen, more people would still want to see Princess Diana take the title.

A new poll by the Mirror newspaper has shown that 61% would have preferred the late Princess of Wales to be Queen when Prince Charles eventually takes the throne, while 14% said they would choose Camilla.

But up to 39% of 2,000 people surveyed indicated would like to see Camilla become Queen, a 7% increase from a previous survey in 2015.

According to the survey by ICM Unlimited, 22% have formed more favourable opinion of the Duchess over time, while only 7% said they viewed her less favourably.

Camilla turns 70 on Monday. She will celebrate the occasion with charities associated with her. A special dinner for family and friends that is expected to be attended by 250 guests will be held at Highgrove House, the family residence, today.

The future title of the Duchess of Cornwall has been the subject of a long debate, with some suggesting that she would never become Queen but rather styled as the Princess Consort.

Before her royal marriage in 2005, Clarence House indicated that Camilla had no intention to fight for the title and would want to be known as Princess Consort. The plans were even confirmed in the official wedding announcement. This, however, didn’t settle the matter as speculations continued to intensify over the years.

Diana once denied publicly that she wanted to be Queen. In an interview with BBC Panorama back in 1995, she expressed her wishes by famously coining the phrase ‘Queen of people’s hearts.’

‘’I always knew I’d never be the next Queen,’’ she said. ‘’I’d like to be a Queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being Queen of this country. I don’t think many people will want me to be Queen.’’

When confronted with the same prospect by an eight-year-old girl, Camilla left the door open, saying, ‘’You never know.’’

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