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Who is our worst monarch of all time? The people have spoken

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A poll of 1,579 British adults by YouGov has shown that the public considers Henry VIII to be our worst ever monarch.

Henry VIII is perhaps best known for his six wives and his separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, leading to the dissolution of the monasteries.

King Canute ranks second in our public opinion, with 6 per cent of the vote, whereas James I ranked third worst, with 5 per cent.

Among Labour supporters, Elizabeth II ranks as fourth worst on the given list of monarchs with four per cent naming her as the worst to sit upon the throne, whereas 0 per cent of Conservative supporters nominated her as the worst.

On Wednesday at around 5.30pm, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-ever reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

She will have reigned for 63 years and seven months, surpassing Queen Victoria’s record.

Who do you think is the worst UK monarch of all time? Take our poll, or let us know in the comments below:



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