The Monarchy Is Going to Change "Dramatically" After the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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The Monarchy Is Going to Change "Dramatically" After the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
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Next week, all the senior members of the royal family (and some other prominent non-working royals, like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) will publicly celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, which marks her 70th year on the throne (which, just, wow).

If you're a fan of traditional royal pomp and circumstance, make sure you're appreciating every second of the Jubilee, because according to at least one royal expert, it's going to mark a major turning point for the royal fam.

"If you think about it, this will be the last really huge time to celebrate the Queen publicly and thank her," royal historian and author Hugo Vickers told Page Six. "This has been an extraordinary golden age that she has presided over and things will change dramatically at a certain point, so I think these few days will be really important. Everyone must get out and celebrate her."

Making sure the Queen gets to full bask in the adoration people will be pouring her way during the Jubilee may be part of why Harry and Meghan are passing on most of the public appearance opps during the celebration (which will kick off on Thursday, June 2, and run through Sunday, June 5). And, FWIW, Vickers seems to think that's for the best.

"I would like to hope that it will all be focused on her. The fewer distractions there are, the better, frankly," he said, seemingly in reference to the Sussexes' involvement in the Jubilee.

As for those "dramatic" changes the monarchy will undergo in the near future, Vickers may be referring to the ways in which Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to modernize the monarchy as they take on more prominent roles in it. These changes are expected to start even before Will becomes king, with royal insiders saying the couple already plans to make significant changes once they become Prince and Princess of Wales when Prince Charles becomes king. These changes, which sources have called the "Cambridge Way," include streamlining palace staff, being addressed more casually (as simply "Will and Kate," instead of by their full, formal titles), and cutting out formal traditions like bowing.

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