An overwhelming majority of British subjects would not have a problem if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newly born son turned out to be gay.

A YouGov poll for Stonewall has found that 83% of people in Britain would be "very comfortable", "comfortable", or "neutral" if the heir to the throne was lesbian, gay or bisexual. The poll was conducted before the sex of the child was revealed.

During the recent parliamentary debates over whether to introduce gay marriage, Lord Tebbit caused confusion by warning of the dangers of a lesbian queen.

"When we have a queen who is a lesbian and she marries another lady and then decides she would like to have a child and someone donates sperm and she gives birth to a child, is that child heir to the throne?" he said.

However the polling suggests the British public are not quite as scared by the prospect as the former Tory cabinet minister.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: "Millions of people will be celebrating today’s news, just as millions last week celebrated the news of equal marriage in England and Wales. Happily, since last week every child born in Britain is born into a society where gay people are now equal in law."

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