45% New Zealanders would like to see Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, as their king rather than become a republic Nation, If Queen Elizabeth dies. Figures revealed in a poll conducted by New Zealand’s Republican Movement.
However, according to the poll, 43% of the 1018 participants wanting the antipodean nation to become a republic.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark recently said it was “only a matter of time” before the small country abandoned the monarchy.
The 59-year-old politician, who was voted out of office last November, told parliament, “It is inevitable that our constitutional status as a monarchy will also change. It’s a question of not if, but when.”
She also blasted the government’s recent decision to restore knights and dames to the New Zealand honours system.
She said: “Many of our forebears came to this land to escape the class-bound nature of Britain, where their place in the economic and social order was largely prescribed by birth. I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery, and in that lies my strong aversion to titular honours. To me they relate to another era, from which our nation has largely, but obviously still not completely, freed itself.”