Popular with both kids and adults alike, The Queen has been named the person who makes Devon most proud to be British.
Research, carried out by Littlewoods.com to mark its sponsorship of the Pride of Britain Awards, confirmed that Devon truly is a land with a love for the Royals that eclipses that of popular modern day celebrity culture.
Her Majesty beat stars including David Beckham and Robbie Williams to take pole position and also proved a hit with Devon’s youngsters, as the majority of those under 16 voted her into second place.
In third place was Princess Diana, even though she died before most of the younger voters were born. However, beating both female Royals to become the person Devon children are most proud of, was Cheryl Cole who secured the majority of the under 16s vote.
The poll, undertaken by the Pride of Britain sponsors, also investigated those quintessential things about daily life in the UK that make us proud to be British, and our stunning countryside (62 per cent) and history and heritage (61 per cent) came out top in this element of the poll.
Devon’s younger generation is similarly proud of the countryside, but perceive our national sense of humour and our sporting prowess as the two other most important reasons to be proud to be British. Our national sense of dress left one in 10 Devon adults the most proud of the nation. However, double as many kids in Devon chose attempts in the fashion stakes as the reason behind their sense of national pride.
The results of the survey also reveal how many people give up their time to help others, many of them young people determined to do their bit for those less fortunate.
When it comes to charity work, it seems Devon’s younger generation has more to give than local adults, as only 7 per cent of adults had been inspired to take part in charity work by their British idol, whereas almost a quarter of kids surveyed had taken part in good deeds to be more like theirs.
To recognise the selflessness of these young individuals the Pride of Britain Awards will, this year, award someone the first ever Littlewoods.com Young Fundraiser of the Year Award, at this year’s ceremony on Monday, November 8.
Devon’s adults’ top five:
Devon’s children’s top five: