According to a statement released by Kensington Palace the royal family will experience numerous changes during 2017. This pertains to the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte.
First, William will resign from his position as helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air ambulance in order to spend additional time with his royal family. Although he is leaving, the Duke expressed that he has enjoyed working in this role for the last two years. Per William, “My admiration for our country’s medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger.”
Second, the royal family plans to spend more time in London starting as of 2017. Kensington Palace announced that they plan to make their primary home in London as opposed to Norfolk, which was closer to Prince William’s job. Prince George will go to school in London, and Princess Charlotte will attend nursery school there as well.
So, why is the first family making these notable changes? Per Kensington Palace, the royal family plans to do more charity work for the Queen, and this requires them to be in close proximity to London.
This coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s announcement that she is turning over the charitable responsibilities of 25 patronages to Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.
This includes various United Kingdom organizations such as Barnado’s, Save the Children and the Royal Geographic Society, which will be handled by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union will be handled by Prince Harry, and Prince William will handle the charitable responsibilities of the Amateur Swimming Association.
Queen Elizabeth still patronizes about 600 organizes, but this is a sign that royal transition is in the works. According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, “We’re definitely seeing a transition in progress. The royal family doesn’t leave anything to chance.” Although this is a slow transition, it is still change.