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The Queen Voted the UK's Most Admired Woman

The Queen was joined by Sir David Attenborough as the UK's most admired man and woman in a new YouGov poll.


SEPTEMBER 25th, 2020

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he Queen and Sir David Attenborough have been voted the UK’s most admired man and woman. The poll conducted by YouGov - which started in 2014 – found that each of the ninety-year-olds pulled in 23% of the vote. In second place were the Obama’s, who both took the No.1 spot in the global poll. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge came in third for the men, and the Duchess of Cambridge came in fourth after New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern in the women list.

The poll contained a plethora of public figures, though was dominated by politicians, including Boris Johnson – who took sixth place, Jeremy Corbyn – seventh, and President Donald Trump, who came in sixteenth place.

Sir David Attenborough was voted the UK's most admired man - © Getty Images


The Queen was voted the UK's most admired woman - © Getty Images


However, there was a notable absence from the list – Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, who plummeted from fourth place last year, to not even making the selection. Voters overwhelming claimed that the recent controversy after stepping down from his royal role and moving to America had left a negative feeling towards the Prince.

Whilst Harry may have fallen off the list, his wife Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, had faired better. After failing to make the poll last year she ended up taking eleventh place in the women’s list.

The combined trips of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan and William's trip to Oman cost £175,191, over £64,000 less than the Sussex's trip to South Africa - © Getty Images


The trip of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to South Africa cost over £240,000 - © Getty Images


Although the younger royals fared better in the UK poll, the only member of The Royal Family to make the cut on the global list was The Queen who took third place, after being beaten by Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama as the most admired woman in the world.


TOP 10 YouGov's Most Admired Man (UK Results)

1. David Attenborough

2. Barack Obama

3. Prince William

4. Bill Gates

5. Dalai Lama

6. Boris Johnson

7. Jeremy Corbyn

8. Keanu Reeves

9. Nigel Farage

10. Pope Francis

TOP 10 YouGov's Most Admired Woman (UK Results)

1. Queen Elizabeth II

2. Michelle Obama

3. Jacinda Ardern

4. The Duchess of Cambridge

5. Greta Thunberg

6. Malala Yousafzai

7. Nichola Strugeon

8. Angela Merkel

9. Emma Watson

10. Oprah Winfrey


The poll was released after the annual publication of the Sovereign Grant Report which found that the Queen is facing a £35 million shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although initial reports claimed that the Taxpayer would fill in the holes, Buckingham Palace has vowed not to ask the Government for a bailout. Instead, it is expected that cuts to the Royal Household could help manage some of the financial recovery.



Within the reports, some of the more interesting details revealed that the £369 million project to revamp Buckingham Palace would be £20 million short, as the Sovereign Grant is expected to remain at £86.3 million for the new few years. Furthermore, the Royal Household has also predicted that the tourism revenue at the palaces throughout the country will take a hit, believing to cost £15 million over the next three years.

The Duchess of Cambridge came in fourth place in the poll - © Getty Images


Michelle Obama came in 2nd place in the UK and 1st in the global poll - © Getty Images


There were some elements which have also caused controversy – a common theme when the annual report is released – including Prince Andrew’s trip to watch the Open golf Championship in Portrush, Co Antrim. Taxpayers forked out £15,848 on a charter flight to the sporting event, with aides claiming it was the only way to fit in with his commitments. The Prince has since stepped down from his public role after the subsequent backlash over his questionable friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew wasn’t the royal to face criticism as it was revealed the Royal Tour to South Africa by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex cost an eyewatering £245,643. The 10-day trip was the most expensive in the royal accounts and cost more than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour to Pakistan and Prince William’s tour of Oman combined, which added together totalled at £175,191.



Prince’s Charles tour to the same location as his eldest son cost almost quadruple the amount at £210,345. However, a palace source close to Clarence House has claimed the high number was due to the Prince having to return to RAF Marham on a charter flight to attend the summit on Harry and Meghan’s future. As it was such short notice, no commercial flights were available.

The Sovereign Grant is the funding provided to support the official duties of The Queen and maintain the Occupied Royal Palaces. The total grant for 2019-2020 amounted to £82.4 million, which is the equivalent of £1.23 per person in the UK.

Prince Andrew's trip to the Open Golf Champtionship cost Taxpayers, over £15,000 - © PA


The core grant – which maintains the monarchy’s property, operating costs of The Queen’s Household was £49.4 million, equating to 74p per person in the UK.


You can find more information on the Sovereign Grant and the financial records for 2019-2020 here.

The full list of YouGov’s most admired person poll 2020 can be found here.

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