Princess Diana named nation’s ‘ideal mother’ in recent poll The late royal stole the top spot in a Mother's Day survey

In the run-up to Mother’s Day, the Church of England ran a poll to determine who the nation deem their ‘ideal mother’ and Princess Diana stole the top spot.

Male participants were more likely to choose their own mother whereas women were more inclined to name the late royal.

But the Princess of Wales wasn’t the only member of the royal family to gain recognition, as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge also made the list.

Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry
Princess Diana was voted the nation’s ’ideal mother’ ahead of Mother Theresa and the Virgin Mary in a recent poll

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While fictional characters also earned a mention with the likes of Mary Poppins and Molly Weasley, the mother of Harry Potter’s friend Ron Weasley in JK Rowling’s famous books, earning a mention.

The poll, which quizzed 2,000 people across the nation, also asked participants to recall the most important things that their mother has ever done for them.

According to results, ten percent of respondents cherish their mums for teaching them the value of hard work while one in five, hold their mothers responsible for teaching them the difference between right and wrong.

A further seven percent view their mum as a positive role model in their lives.

The Reverend Dr Sandra Millar, head of life events at the Church of England, said: “It’s great to hear that people appreciate mums way beyond stereotypes of cooking and cleaning. Being there for you, teaching and modelling good values and working hard are qualities that inspire and shape lives.”