As the Queen marks her Platinum Jubilee, royal experts believe she is looking to younger members of the family, including Kate Middleton and Prince William, to step up for the celebrations this year. The Queen has the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ “strong arms” around her as she navigates her Platinum Jubilee year while dealing with personal upset and drama, an expert has claimed.
Royal author Nigel Cawthorne claims the Monarch is experiencing a “whole gamut of emotions” in the landmark year, but knows her grandson and his wife “will find a way forward for the royal family”. He claims the Queen also hopes Prince George, who is third in line to the throne and will one day have the weight of the crown on his head, will “be up front and heavily involved” in the celebrations.
It comes after the Queen used her jubilee message to tell the world she wants Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to become Queen Consort when Prince Charles takes the throne. Cawthorne told Love Sunday magazine: “Thankfully, the Queen has the strong arms of William and Kate around her shoulders.. I think we’re going to see Her Majesty’s grandchildren really step up this year and her great grandchildren, especially George, will be up front and heavily involved in the celebrations.
“The Queen will be experiencing a whole gamut of emotions – everything from grieving her husband and remembering her father, to feeling pride towards all that she and her family have achieved. She took the throne of a bomb-scarred nation and steered it into a period of political stability. “That is an incredible legacy. She knows William, Kate and their children will find a way forward for the royal family.”
Meanwhile, royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes the chaos within the royal family is still “daunting”, despite the Queen’s popularity. He tells OK! magazine: “She’s probably as popular now as she was at the beginning of her reign. “If anything, she has really come into her own during Covid, making addresses while everyone was in lockdown in a way that really cemented her in this role of the nation’s grandmother.
This year is a unique moment in history and the Queen has a lot to be cheerful about, but there are, of course, looming crises on the horizon.” Last month, the Queen’s third child, Prince Andrew, was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages as he faces a US civil action over sexual assault allegations – claims he has consistently denied.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry, the Queen’s fourth grandchild, is seeking a judicial review against a refusal of the Home Office to allow him to personally pay for police protection while visiting the UK. The Duke of Sussex lost his taxpayer-funded police security after stepping back from royal duties in 2020 and moving to the United States with his wife Meghan and son Archie.
“It’s like watching the matriarch of your family – your mother or grandmother – getting older while issues are still unresolved,” Nigel adds.
“It’s obviously lovely to still have her around at the age of 95, but it’s rather daunting because the rest of the family seem to be in such a mess. We’ve depended on the Queen for most of our entire lifetimes and I’m not sure anyone else is up to the job.”