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The vast majority of people in Wales would like to see Prince William made The Prince of Wales in a public ceremony after his father has become King, an exclusive poll for The Western Mail newspaper has shown. The result comes over fifty years after an Investiture ceremony took place at Caernarfon Castle in which the full title was conferred on Prince Charles. Two Welsh nationalists even blew themselves up as they planted a bomb on the railway line used by The Royal Family on the eve of the Investiture in 1969. There were many demonstrations against what was seen by the opponents of the ceremony as a political event designed to successfully quell and finish off demands for Welsh independence. The new survey, undertaken by British polling organisation Beaufort Research, showed that 61% responded Yes to the question - "When Prince Charles becomes King, would you like to see Prince William made The Prince of Wales at a public ceremony known as an Investiture?" Some 26% responded No and the remaining 13% said they didn't know. Excluding "don't knows" there was a majority of 70% to 30% in favour of an Investiture. There were variations according to the region of Wales in which those sampled live, age and other socio-economic factors. In North Wales, 66% were in favour of an Investiture, with 25% against and 9% saying they didn't know. In Mid and West Wales, there were also 66% in favour, with 19% against and 15% don't knows. In West South Wales, 60% were in favour, with 28% against and 12% don't knows. People in The Valleys split 56% in favour, 30% against and 14% saying they didn't know. In Cardiff and South East Wales, 57% were in favour, 29% against and 14% didn't know.
Women were more enthusiastic about the idea of a public Investiture than men, with 66% in favour, 21% against and 13% saying they didn't know. Some 56% of men were in favour, 32% against and 12% didn't know. The least enthusiastic of any group was those aged between sixteen and twenty-four, with 39% in favour, 38% against and 23% saying they didn't know. In the next age group up - people aged between twenty-five and thirty-four - there was a very clear majority for The Investiture, with 60% saying Yes to an Investiture, 23% No and 17% saying they didn't know. Among those aged thirty-five and forty-four, 64% were in favour, 27% against and 9% didn't know. Some 63% of those aged forty-five to fifty-four backed a public Investiture, 27% were against and 9% were don't knows. Among those aged fifty-five to sixty-four, 68% were in favour, 23% against and 9% didn't know. With those aged sixty-five and over, 66% wanted an Investiture, 22% didn't and 12% had no opinion. The British Government did not want to comment officially but a source said: "This is more for The Royal Family than it is for us at this stage. We wouldn't dictate what happens around any Investiture any more than around a Royal Wedding or a Royal Funeral." A spokeswoman for The Royal Family said: "We won't comment on Succession."
A spokesman for Plaid Cymru said: "Regardless of whether the people of Wales are for or against Prince William inheriting the title and a public Investiture being held, they currently have no say in the matter. A wider democratic consultation should be held to give the people of Wales a real voice in the process." Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies said: "This poll only goes to show that the Welsh people are also proudly British, believe in The Royal Family, and are happy that our future King takes on the title of The Prince of Wales. Such a ceremony would highlight Wales and its place within the United Kingdom. It provides an excellent opportunity to market Wales on the world stage which will be a massive boost to our tourism sector. When republicans and nationalists claim they represent the people of Wales, just remember how out of touch they are on this issue." When approached by the media Neil Welton, the Leader of Monarchy Wales from 2005 to 2015, said: "What wonderful news. Across every age group and every social class Prince William has overwhelming public support. Uniting people above party politics in a way a divisive, venal and crooked Welsh politician never could. Especially as the Welsh politician would be, not only in the pocket of big business or the trade union movement, but also in your pocket - helping himself to unlimited pay, perks and expenses. No doubt living in Cardiff Castle to boot! Not only that but he is also highly likely to be uninspiring, unimaginative, dull, incompetent and without a single original idea in his head. Like most Welsh MPs, councillors and devolved authority members. Who in their right mind would not want Prince William to be the next Prince of Wales or our future King? Except, of course, a bunch of self-righteous, sad, twisted, envious and embittered left-wing loonies. Anyway let's not talk about Harry and Meghan today."
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