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Most people would rather be a ‘working royal’ - carrying out duties on behalf of the Queen - than simply hold a title

There’s no doubt about it, Britain loves the royal family. Previous YouGov research shows that over two thirds of us support the monarchy, although that backing seems to waver among the young - the figure falls to just 57% among 18 to 24 year olds.

But how many of us would actually like to be a royal?

A new poll for the “Britain Is A Nation Of” podcast reveals that Britons are split down the middle: half (50%) would rather remain a commoner, but 44% say they would like to join the royal family.

The younger you are, the more likely you are to want to be royal

Despite being less likely to support the monarchy than older generations, half (53%) of 18 to 24 year olds say they’d like to be a royal themselves, compared to just a third (36%) of those aged 55 and above.

Men and women are equally likely to want to be royals (44% men, 45% women), showing that the position of prince and king is equally attractive as princess and queen.

Britons would rather be working royals

If they’re going to be a monarch, it seems Britons would rather go the whole way and carry out official engagements on behalf of the Queen as ‘working royals’ - as opposed to simply holding a title.

Three in ten (28%) say they’d like to be a working royal either by birth or marriage, while just one in six (16%) want to be a non-working royal.

The least popular option is non-working royal by birth, which is the favoured option of one in twenty Britons (6%).

See the full results here

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