At the moment, Prince William and Kate Middleton's significance in the royal family cannot be contested. Recently, an insider confirmed that the couple would be a stone's throw from the Queen as her health declines.
Prince William, Prince Charles and Diana's eldest son, has always been responsible for fulfilling the royal duties. In some way, this has earned him the trust and respect of the citizens, who believe he is the best candidate suitable for the monarchy's future.
According to the public and royal experts, the Duke of Cambridge, alongside his dutiful wife, Kate Middleton, has amassed adequate training to fit as Britain's king and Queen.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Dundee Rep. Theater on October 23, 2015 in Dundee, Scotland | Source: Getty Images
At first, Kate's inclusion as a royal following her marriage to the future king raised some eyebrows. Many wondered how a woman from a non-royal background would evolve as a queen.
However, now, she has become royal fans' favorite, and it is impossible to think of the monarchy's future without the Duchess of Cambridge.
Also, royal fans are ready to accept her as the Princess of Wales following Prince Charles's ascension. Not long ago, one well-wisher congratulated her on her soon-to-assume-title, adding that she would be great at it.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER GRANDSON AND HIS WIFE
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William during a visit to RAF Valley on April 1, 2011 in Holyhead, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
Prince William's relationship with the Crown took a better turn when he experienced one of the most painful seasons in his life — his parents' divorce. The Queen established a tradition of having Sunday lunch with her grandson following Prince Charles and Princess Diana's divorce.
The idea was invented by Prince Philip, who saw the need to bring his wife and grandchild closer. Apart from the lunches, he often excused himself from their company whenever it was time to talk about constitutional matters.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, The Prince Of Wales, and Heir Prince William at Clarence House | Source: Getty Images
This was when William became more familiar with what was expected of him as the second in line to the throne. He has since lived up to his calling, having a less controversial lifestyle among the royals.
The Duke of Cambridge learned the Queen's "never complain, never explain" policy, which has earned him a popularity ratio of eighty percent, next to his grandmother, who is at eighty-five percent.
Prince William on November 19, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
According to royal author Robert Lacey, William not only learned the standards of a royal, but he is also proving himself worthy by "paving the way forward" for the family amid the crisis they have all experienced following Prince Philip's demise.
Fortunately, his level of commitment endeared him to his grandma, and it also influenced the Queen's likeness to Kate. Another royal expert, Andrew Morton, alleged that the Queen admires the young couple and is impressed at how Kate loves her grandson for his personality and not the title he bears.
For this reason, she invests time in nurturing their relationship compared to what she did for her son when he was married to Princess Diana.
Robert Jobson, author of "William At 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch, claims that on William's part, he has provided a shoulder for his grandma to lean on, especially since Prince Philip's death, and he is more satisfied with their relationship, as it has become better. In the words of Jobson:
"William especially feels his relationship with his grandmother has 'improved'… and their views are 'more aligned.'"
QUEEN ELIZABETH II'S HEALTH HAS MADE HER ABSENT FROM SOME EVENTS
Although the Queen has shown great strength throughout her reign, she has battled one health problem or the other in the last year.
In February, when she received some dignitaries, including the Defence Services Secretary Rear Admiral James Macleod, and his replacement, Major General Eldon Millar, at the Windsor Castle, she appeared to have mobility issues.
The Queen moved around with a cane and even said, "Well, as you can see, I can't move," when asked how she was faring. Her health problems also kept her away from attending some activities at the just concluded Jubilee celebration.
Before then, the Palace released a statement that the Queen's attendance at events would be on probability and would only be confirmed on the same day.
So far, there have been no exceptions, even for very significant events like the Order of Garter, a tradition born seven hundred years ago, where the leading monarch dresses alongside other dignitaries in velvet robes.
After analyzing the Queen's health, a royal historian maintained that she would not be present for this year's match, and indeed, Buckingham Palace did not state that she would be present. According to the royal historian:
"no way she will be able to walk" at today's Order of the Garter procession under the ceremony's traditional 'heavy robes.'"
Eventually, the Queen honored the invitation but refrained from appearing in public. She walked with a cane, showing that she still battled her "episodic mobility problems."
THE QUEEN TRUSTS PRINCE WILLIAM AND HIS WIFE, AND SHE IS DELIGHTED THAT THEY ARE CLOSE BY
Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour alongside Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and Prince William during Trooping The Colour on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Following the Queen's condition, her grandson, Prince William, and his wife are moving to Windsor to be closer to her. They will be a few minutes from Windsor Castle, which has been home to the Queen since 2020.
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are moving closer to the reigning monarch to show their support, they also ensure that their kids have the best hands to care for them when needed, and so they have Carole Middleton, Kate's mom, around.
Before now, the Cambridges already spent weekends at the Frogmore House. However, following their most recent decision, sources claim that the majesty "will be delighted" to have them close at all times. According to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine:
"The Queen needs more people like William around her. She is very often on her own apart from staff and so will be delighted William, Kate and her three great-grandchildren will be ten minutes away."
Although the Queen has staff that can help her move around and maintain a healthy schedule, such gestures from her grandson prove that he is affectionate and helps to bring them closer.