Kate Middleton and Prince William are seen as modern monarchs who communicate with the public through non-traditional methods such as video updates on social media. Buckingham Palace, according to historian Lucy Worsley, “sees photography as their very own superpower.” Prince George turned eight on Thursday, and the occasion was commemorated by the release of a professional photograph.
The image was taken by the Duchess herself, and Ms Worsley believes that good photography is “vital to the Firm’s very survival.”
Many royal commentators have praised Kate Middleton for her role in modernising the Royal Family. She started the Cambridges YouTube channel, donates to mental health charities, and takes personal photos of her kids during the pandemic.
There have been rumblings in recent years about what the Royal Family needs to do to survive.
The Royal Family’s “survival” in 2020, according to Dan Snow, is far from guaranteed, according to the Express.
The historian explained how Queen Elizabeth had made a significant contribution to The Firm’s positive image – and that following Her Majesty would be difficult.
“The Royal Family owes a great deal to the current Queen’s ability and character,” Snow said. She helped the monarchy of the United Kingdom survive the collapse of the hereditary principle’s perceived legitimacy in the twentieth century. The next generation will face a difficult task in weathering the inevitable storms of the twenty-first century.”
In recent years, public support for the Royal Family has dwindled.
According to a YouGov poll, the number of Britons who support the monarchy has dropped from 65 percent last year to 61 percent in 2021.
Following the Oprah interview, some commentators suggested that Buckingham Palace should downsize to ensure its survival, similar to other European monarchies.
However, experts believe that photography is one way the monarchy can survive.
Buckingham Palace historian Lucy Worsley told The Times “consider photography to be their own superpower.”
Being photographed was “vital to the very survival” of the Windsors, according to the chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, who added that The Firm was “quick to realise that photography presented not a problem but an opportunity.”
“Every image has a message,” Worsley explained, and “no one understands this better than the Royal Family.”
Following the release of images of Prince George taken by the Duchess of Cambridge on his eighth birthday, some royal experts believe Kate Middleton has “taken ownership of her children’s image.”
“The paparazzi – there’s no market anymore because the Duchess comes out with her own family photos, which are far more valuable to the press than images taken with a long lens,” Camilla Tominey of The Telegraph said.
“That’s how The Cambridges are going to strike a balance; they’re going to give in exchange for some privacy.”
“George’s childhood will be very different from the royals who have gone before him,” the ex-royal editor of The Sunday Express added.
“His generation is the digital generation, and the Cambridges’ challenge will be to balance public interest in their son with their own privacy as time goes on.”