The Queen named the best female model of the past 100 years in a UK survey

Queen Elizabeth II has been voted the most influential female model of the past 100 years in a survey conducted by Good Housekeeping review in uk

Some 34% of readers identified the 96-year-old monarch as having been the most influential woman in the survey, which marked the magazine’s centenary.

The result comes as the Queen celebrates her historic Platinum Jubilee this year, having been the first British sovereign to reign for 70 years with a weekend of celebrations in early June.

A survey undertaken to mark the centenary issue of ‘Good Housekeeping’ found that women in Britain admire the Queen more than any other female role model. Photographed June 28, 2022.
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To celebrate its centenary Good Housekeeping commissioned a survey of 2,451 women, seeking to assess the main drivers of change in the lives of its female readers since its first issue.

Behind the Queen, 21% of respondents could not choose while 13% identified their mothers or grandmothers as their most influential female role models.

Talking about the results of Good Housekeepingof the survey, editor Gaby Huddart said:

“This is the largest consumer attitude survey we have ever conducted and our mission was to capture key developments in British history, culture and the home, according to British women.

“It brought to light some wonderful discoveries, including the fact that Queen Elizabeth II is considered the greatest influencer of our generation.”

The survey also revealed that respondents considered the internet to be the biggest influence on modern life over the past 100 years, voted by 75%, while the washing machine was voted the best household invention, ahead of the fridge or the freezer.

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Queen Elizabeth II marked her Platinum Jubilee with a central weekend of celebrations in June. Photographed June 5, 2022.
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On wider societal changes, 91% of UK women who responded to the survey said women are better off today than they were a century ago with increased financial independence, control births and wider access to education identified as the drivers of this development.

Despite this, only 1% said the 2020s were the best decade to live, with the 1980s coming out on top with 19% of the vote. It should be noted, however, that 69% of respondents were aged 55 or over.

The Queen has consistently topped the list of most popular royals, with the result confirmed by data analyst YouGov in its recent poll results for the second quarter (Q2) of 2022.

After the Jubilee, the Queen received a 75% approval rating from surveyed members of the UK public, which has remained constant since Q1 (Q1), but down 1% from its peak of 76% in two years.

The second most popular queen in the UK is Kate Middleton, whose popularity rose from 60% in the first quarter to 68% in the second quarter. This follows criticism the Royal has faced over the Jubilee over her parenthood after Prince Louis was seen silencing his mother during the Jubilee show which went viral.

Kate’s rise in popularity with the public put her ahead of her husband, who scored a consistent 66% of adults surveyed in the first and second trimesters.

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Key members of the Royal Family, including Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have seen their popularity in the UK rise since the Platinum Jubilee. Photographed June 2, 2022.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first joint public visit to the UK since stepping down as full-time working royals and the airing of their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey also impacted their popularity. United Kingdom.

In Q1, Harry was liked by 32% of Britons, a number that rose to 34% in Q2.

Meghan has also seen her popularity increase by 24-25% among Britons, although she remains just one place ahead of Prince Andrew as number 14 of the 15 most popular royals.

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Rebecca R. Santistevan