Kate Middleton’s latest venture ‘vital to survival’ of Royals – ‘Carries message’


KATE MIDDLETON’s role in the Royal Family continues to evolve.

The Duchess and Prince William are perceived as modern examples of monarchy, communicating with the public through less conventional means – such as video updates on social media. And historian Lucy Worsley believes Buckingham Palace “see photography as their very own superpower.” On Thursday, Prince George turned eight – a moment marked by the release of a professional shot.

Notably, the image was captured by the Duchess herself – and Ms Worsley suggests clever photography is “vital to the very survival” of The Firm.

Kate Middleton has been lauded by many royal commentators for helping modernise the Royal Family. She launched the Cambridges YouTube channel, provides support to mental health charities and personally captures images of her children during the pandemic.

In recent years, there have been rumblings about what the Royal Family need to do to survive.

The Express reported how Dan Snow had warned the “survival” of the Royal Family was anything but guaranteed in 2020.

Kate Middleton

The Duchess and Prince William are perceived as modern examples of monarchy. (Image: Getty)

Prince George

Prince George looks very grown up in a new photo released to mark his eighth birthday. (Image: DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE)

The historian explained how Queen Elizabeth had contributed a lot to The Firm’s positive perception – and that Her Majesty would be difficult to follow.

Snow said: “The Royal Family owe a huge amount to the current Queen’s skill and character. She enabled Britain’s monarchy to survive the general collapse in the perceived legitimacy of the hereditary principle in the 20th century. The next generations will have a tough job to weather the inevitable storms of the 21st.”

Support for the Royal Family has taken a bit of a dip in recent times.

A YouGov poll suggests the proportion of Britons in favour of the monarchy has fallen from 65 percent last year to 61 percent in 2021.

Following the Oprah interview, commentators suggested Buckingham Palace should follow other European monarchies and downsize to ensure survival.

However, one way experts believe the monarchy can survive is through photography.

Historian Lucy Worsley told The Times Buckingham Palace “see photography as their very own superpower.”

The chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces even said being snapped was “vital to the very survival” of the Windsors and added The Firm was “quick to realise that photography presented not a problem but an opportunity.”

“Every image”, Worsley explained, “carries a message and nobody understands this better than the Royal Family.”


The ex-royal editor at The Sunday Express added: “George’s childhood will be very different”. (Image: Getty)

After images taken by the Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George on his 8th birthday were released, some royal experts now think Kate Middleton has “taken ownership of her children’s image.”

The Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey said: “The paparazzi – there’s no market anymore because the Duchess comes out with her own family photos and they’re far more valuable to the press than images taken at a long lens.

“That’s how The Cambridges are going to strike a balance, they’re going to give in order to receive a degree of privacy back.”

The ex-royal editor at The Sunday Express added: “George’s childhood will be very different from the royals who have gone before him.

“His generation is the digital generation and the challenges for the Cambridges as time goes on is how to manage public interest in their son with their own privacy.”


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