Brits choose Princess Diana over Virgin Mary as the 'ideal mother'

A poll that the Church of England conducted for Mother's Day in the United Kingdom revealed that Britons prefer Princess Diana to the Virgin Mary as the "ideal mother."

(REUTERS/Ian Waldie)The majority of Brits who took part in a poll for the Church of England voted for Princess Diana as the most ideal mom.

In the poll, the People's Princess landed the top spot at 5 percent, while Jesus Christ's mother made it to eighth place behind Michelle Obama and the Queen. Britons also  ranked their own mothers (4 percent) as the most ideal mom after Princess Diana. The list also included the Duchess of Cambridge, Mother Teresa, Mary Poppins as well as Molly Weasley, the mom from "Harry Potter."

The respondents also answered questions about things their mothers did that have made a significant impact in their lives. Most of the replies alluded to their moms serving as positive role models (7 percent) who taught them to value hard work (11 percent) and do the right thing (18 percent).

Reverend Sandra Millar, who heads Church of England's life events, offered an analysis of the poll's findings.

"It can feel like the pressure to do something material for them [children] is overwhelming but actually, in the long-term, when we look back at our parents, what we remember about our mums are those values [they taught]," Millar told Premier.

Millar also said that the church sometimes fills the space in cases where devotees have lost a mom or cannot become moms to kids. The reverend also stated that she was glad many Brits felt that moms do more than cooking and cleaning.

Over 2,000 Britons above the age of 18 participated in the survey from ComRes that was conducted from March 2 to March 4 in time for Mother's Day. In the U.K., Mothering Sunday is observed every fourth Sunday of Lent. In 2018, the day fell on March 11.

The Church of England honored and celebrated mothers across churches and communities as families headed to hear Sunday Mass for Mother's Day.