Experts say Prince Charles will open Buckingham Palace to public when he’s king

A royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles intends to make some huge changes to the monarchy once he ascends to the throne after his mother's death.

Queen Elizabeth II is gearing up to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee later this year, while her son Charles is the longest-serving Prince of Wales in 2017.

Once Charles ascended to the throne and becomes King, royal insiders claim there are several key changes he is likely to introduce to update the ‘image of the monarchy’.

Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, told Express that Prince Charles will look to cultivate a new image of the monarchy for the public as it adjusts to the Queen’s absence.

He added: “There’ll be certain efforts in terms of PR.

“I think there’ll be two things it will do – one of which will be fairly popular.

“[Charles] said that he wants to open up the palaces, and maybe not live in Buckingham Palace – to let that be open all year round.

“They should have done that years ago, and it shouldn’t be his decision to make, but if he does that, then, great.”

The expert also claimed that Charles intends to ‘slim down’ the royal family, with the royal residences figuring into his calculations.

A friend of the Prince of Wales told the Mail on Sunday in October: “The property question is on the 'to do' list.”

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They added: “The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places have got to deliver something for the public beyond just being somewhere for members of the Royal Family to live.

“Everything is seen through the lens of the question: 'What value is this offering to the public?'

“Everybody recognises it makes no sense to run so many residences but if you give them up entirely you will never get them back when Prince George and the younger Royals grow up and need somewhere to live.”

Charles’s personal friend said: “Despite what everybody thinks about him not wanting to live there, he will certainly have accommodation there – but it will be a much more modest flat-above-the-shop situation akin to that of the Prime Minister at Downing Street.”

Currently, Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer from July until October each year.

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Aside from changes to how the royal residences operate, Mr Smith added Charles will want to pave the way as a monarch who advocates on social issues, commenting that this is likely to reinforce the social relevance of the monarchy in the modern world.

He said Charles “also wants to be a vocal head of state, someone who speaks up on issues, and that is where he's going to find himself in quite a lot of hot water.”

He added that his son, Prince William, has joined the Prince of Wales in environmental crusading, citing the Duke of Cambridge’s nascent Earthshot Prize and the funds funnelled into it by Kensington Palace.

Ultimately, Mr Smith commented, the Royal Family’s objective as they look towards a post-Elizabeth future is “to look like they are part of the zeitgeist rather than an anomaly within it”.

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