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QUEEN GROOMING PRINCESS AS A SURROGATE FIRST LADY

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth is grooming her daughter, Anne, for a key role in the monarchy as a surrogate queen consort to king-in-waiting Prince Charles, the tabloid Daily Express newspaper reported Monday.

The princess, who is only eighth in line to the throne after her brothers and their children, is to assume more of the royal workload with the aim of filling the vacuum left by his estranged wife, Princess Diana, when Charles becomes king, the Daily Express said."The queen wants Princess Anne to be elevated to such a rank that when Prince Charles becomes king she can be the first lady of the land," the newspaper quoted an unidentified member of the royal household as saying. "The more decorated and honored she can make Princess Anne the better."

Opinion polls have shown many of the queen's subjects would prefer Anne to reign in place of her beleaguered brother, whose standing has been badly damaged by a stuffy reputation, a failed marriage and rumors of adultery.

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