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Monday, February 16, 1998 Published at 09:50 GMT



UK

Spice Girls more popular than the Queen
image: [ The Spice Girls: children want to meet them more than the Queen ]
The Spice Girls: children want to meet them more than the Queen

Children under 14 would rather meet the Spice Girls than the Queen, and think Prince William should become king immediately.


[ image: 9% of children chose to meet the Queen]
9% of children chose to meet the Queen
A survey for BBC2's children's consumer programme, Short Change, which interviewed 500 seven to 14 year olds, found that children would far rather meet their pop and sports idols than older royals.


[ image: Prince William - popular choice to succeed to the throne]
Prince William - popular choice to succeed to the throne
More than half of the children surveyed wanted to see Prince William, their favourite member of the Royal Family on the throne after the Queen.

Half those who took part in the survey wanted to see the teenager crowned king immediately.

His father, Prince Charles, the least popular royal in the survey, was a 30% less popular choice for the succession.

The survey of childrens' attitudes found that 42% wanted to meet all-girl band, the Spice Girls, compared with just 9% who wanted to see the Queen.

Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs came second in the poll, while the controversial group Oasis pipped the Queen into fifth place by gaining 1% more of the vote.

Despite the low fan rating, nearly four out of five children felt the Queen was doing a good job.
 





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