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Prince William beats Queen, Harry, Kate as 'most popular royal'

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Prince William has been named as Britain's most popular royal in a new survey.

The future king won 62% of the vote in a poll carried out by King's College London and Ipsos MORI before a debate on the changing face of the monarchy later this week.

Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee Lunch, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, Britain - 18 May 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II

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He sees a significant increase from the previous poll that took place in 2001, where he only received 22%.

The Queen comes in second place with 48% in the year of her Diamond Jubilee, rising 9% from the previous survey.

Prince Harry is in third place, rising from 7% to 36%, while Kate Middleton is a new entry in fourth position with 23%.

Prince Charles - the next royal in line to the throne - has suffered a 17% dip from the 2001 poll, falling to just 21% to complete the top five.

Prince Harry deployed to Afghanistan for four months

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Prince Charles

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Elsewhere, Prince Philip rises from just 5% to 11%, while the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles takes 2%.

Prince William has become the most popular member of the royal family in recent memory, having a much higher percentage than his late mother Princess Diana, who received 47% at her peak.

King's College professor of public opinion and political analysis Roger Mortimore said of the poll: "A lot of people would like the idea of William succeeding straight away. He is young and good-looking and popular.

"Young people can see something of themselves in William and Kate. They can see the monarchy looking more modern than it did beforehand."

Meanwhile, nine out of ten Britons stated that they are satisfied with The Queen, while 79% are in favour of retaining the monarchy.

Royal family through the years:

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