Should they stay or should they go? It is the question that has surrounded the British monarchy for years. The issue tends to raise its head during events of major royal significance.
The British public still has a high regard for Queen Elizabeth II but over the years, trust in the royal family has been diminished by her children.
Ingrid Seward from Majesty Magazine said: “They have no power. There are only there because of their influence and their influence is only relative due to their popularity.”
The royal who captured the hearts and minds of people in Britain and around the world was Princess Diana. Her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 is one of the most memorable events in living royal history. Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the couple. It is believed that wedding, which took place at St Paul’s Cathedral, was watched by a global TV audience of 750 million.
The marriage of their eldest son is likely to revive interest in the royals.
For decades the royal family has had coverage for all the wrong reasons.
The 1990s was particularly hard for the monarchy with two divorces, including that of Charles and Diana and the fire at Windsor castle.
After a number of broken marriages within the royal family, Kate and William have a daunting responsibility to shoulder and expectations will be high. Kate will serve as a link between the public and the royals even as she tries to master married life.
Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond explained the pressures on the royals: “The House of Windsor can’t afford another broken marriage, such an important marriage as this, an heir to the throne. So, it has to work. And for that reason William has been given the time to make his own choice, to stand back, to live with this woman.”
But while many see William and Kate as the key to rebuilding confidence in the monarchy, it may take some years before the couple gains access to the throne.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers said: “People often say, ‘Well, surely he [Prince Charles] is going to be passed over?’. No, he is not going to be passed over and nor should he. He has the right to be the next king and indeed he will come to the throne better trained than any of his predecessors.”
When Kate and William do take up their roles they will encourage new interest in the Royal family.
Vickers added: “The future of the monarchy hangs on this particular marriage in many ways. Obviously, one of the duties of the bride – apart from making her husband happy – is to give us another generation of the House of Windsor because that’s how the House of Windsor regenerates itself.”
One thing is for sure, the wedding will spark a new era for the royal family.