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Princess of Wales No. 1 in British popularity poll

The Princess of Wales has overtaken her husband, Prince Charles, to become the most popular member of Britain's royal family, according to a public opinion poll.

The princess was voted the ''No. 1 royal'' by 61 percent of the people interviewed. Prince Charles took 22 percent, compared with 70 percent a year ago. Votes for Queen Elizabeth dropped from 40 to 10 percent.

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The survey indicated that some 94 percent of the people believed the royal romance and wedding had increased the popularity of the monarchy. In a 1973 poll , over a third of people asked were in favor of abolishing the monarchy. Now only 6 percent want to scrap it.