Despite having just celebrated her official birthday, the Queen is not as popular as her grandson Prince William, according to a survey.
Of the 2,000-plus people surveyed by ComRes for the Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday, 68% expressed a “favourable” view of the young royal compared with 63% for his grandmother.
Prince Charles lagged well behind on 43% but even the heir to the throne enjoyed a better rating than any of the Westminster figures.
The royals are significantly more popular than Britain’s best-known politicians.
London Mayor Boris Johnson came closest to a regal score on 41% – with Prime Minister David Cameron pipping UKIP‘s Nigel Farage by 28% to 26%.
Fewer than one in five said they saw Labour leader Ed Miliband in a good light (19%) – fewer than Foreign Secretary William Hague (25%) and on a par with Chancellor George Osborne.
After their recent public row, Theresa May retains more public favour than Michael Gove (16% to 9%) – with the Education Secretary also attracting significantly more dislikes.
Ms May is significantly better liked by Tory supporters.
Reflecting his party’s woeful poll showings, Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is admired by only 13%.
The poll showed a narrowing of Labour’s lead over the Tories to 34% versus 32% – the smallest gap for almost two-and-a-half years in ComRes online research.
UKIP and the Liberal Democrats shed a point each to stand at 18% and 7%.