Most young Brits are not cheering “God Save the King.”
A recent study conducted ahead of King Charles’ coronation found that the majority of young Brits are “not interested” in the royal family and believe the soon-to-be-anointed king is “out of touch.”
The BBC commissioned an opinion poll through YouGov to determine how the United Kingdom felt about the monarchy as the institution prepares to officially welcome a new king and continues to make headlines with family feuds and scandals.
There are clear generational differences regarding people’s opinions on the royals, with an overwhelming majority — a whopping 78% — of the youngest generation of adults, ranging from ages 18 to 24, being uninterested.
A large portion of adults ages 25 to 49 (64%), a little over half of Brits 50 to 64 (53%) and 42% of those 65 and older reported feeling unenthused.
However, overall, the majority of English people (54%) believe that the royal family is a “good value” for the money the people provide them, while a large portion (58%) of the country is still “not interested” in the monarchy.
The poll also broke down data by ethnicity to find that British people of color are less interested in the monarchy than white people.
Generally speaking, the majority of those polled do not believe the Firm has a problem with race and diversity.
But those beliefs also vary by age and ethnicity, as 43% of adults ages 18 to 24 claimed that the Windsors do have a problem with race and diversity, with that opinion slowly shrinking down to 17% with those 65 and older.
However, 50% of whites said no problem exists, while about half (49%) of those who identified as part of an ethnic minority said one did.
Most Brits also agreed that the royal family as a whole has found an appropriate balance between historical traditions and modern times, but also that King Charles III specifically is “out of touch” — a common complaint about members of the royal family.
Since Queen Elizabeth II’s death last fall, which subsequently allows the king to step into his new role, many of his subjects have tried to reject their newest ruler with “Not My King” protests.
He has been criticized for everything from his treatment of his late ex-wife Princess Diana, his political stances and even his appearance — people have speculated that he’s been “bullied” into hiding what he once described as his “sausage fingers.”
Despite some resistance, King Charles III will be elevated in a lavish coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on the first weekend of May after waiting more than seven decades to become monarch.
The historic occasion will see His Majesty formally crowned following his ascension to the throne in September after the death of his mother — Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.