THE dust from the anniversary has just settled and it’s clear that the royal family as we know it will never be the same again.
We were celebrating the Queen’s 70th anniversary of service to her country and throughout the four days of celebrations it was evident that she was handing the reins of public service to the younger members of her family.
This will be a modern, scaled down, refreshed and much more down to earth ensemble.
Just like Princess Diana, the people’s princess, with her warm, friendly demeanor towards all those she met, the goal is for The Firm to become the people’s royal family.
And the only person who gave the green light to this amazing change is our 96-year-old monarch.
Despite her age, she knows that in order for the royal family to continue to be a success – and a money-making tourist attraction – it must move with the times, the stuffy, no-nonsense approach must go.
And this week, that transformation has moved at a roller coaster pace.
On Wednesday we had Prince William selling the big issue.
He went unannounced and as incognito as possible to Rochester Row, not far from Buckingham Palace, to sell the magazine to the homeless.
Wearing a Big Issue cap, official red tabard and photo ID, William outbid veteran salesman Dave Martin.
Second in line to the throne was a youth when his mother took him to meet with rough sleepers in the “Cardboard City” in the capital’s Waterloo.
The experience has clearly stuck with him and is a topic he has spoken about with his children George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four.
His children stole the hearts of the nation at the anniversary and they, too, have managed to get in on royal PR machinery ever since.
Mike Tindall, Zara’s husband, took part in his podcast The Good, The Bad & The Rugby this week and spoke about how the family tries to deal with the youngsters on such massive occasions.
He said: “Louis just wanted to have fun and my two are always mischievous so it was about keeping the lid on. There was a lot of candy back there, so they were totally high on sugar.
“It’s tough for them, they’re all young, sitting there from two to five or whatever, it’s a long time as any parent knows.”
I know I’m not the only parent who has resorted to bribes and candy over the years to try to keep their kids engaged.
But to hear that Kate, our future queen, might have coaxed her kids with a bag of Haribo is refreshing to hear for all of us.
Even Prince Charles and Camilla are committed to promoting this new image.
They have been in talks with the BBC about hosting a live episode of Strictly from Buckingham Palace.
The Queen, apparently a fan of the dance show, has also given her blessing to this PR genius. I
She will show her son in a fun, carefree situation.
In a minor blip in an otherwise successful week, Charles privately criticized the government’s policy of deporting migrants to Rwanda, calling the practice “appalling”.
This is an area where the Queen would never have gone wrong.
Over the past year, the family has weathered the storm, from Harry and Meghan’s chat with Oprah to the stripping of Prince Andrew’s disgraced titles.
But it’s clear they’ve gotten stronger – and have a plan.
And with the positive glow of the anniversary still surrounding them, Charles and Camilla, William and Kate – along with cousins like Zara and Beatrice and their offspring – know they have no time to waste.
The Queen needs to step back. She even had to forego going to her beloved derby – although, according to Zara, she watched the event from home in her “comfortable clothes”.
And now, while we may not see her, I’m sure the Queen is pulling the strings for the rest of The Firm, in comfortable clothes and on a comfortable sofa, to ensure that one day she leaves behind a royal family who will live on years will come.
JUST when you think Russia can’t shock us anymore, two British men captured by pro-Russian rebel forces in Ukraine have been sentenced to death and are set to face a firing squad after a three-day mock trial.
Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner were sentenced last week as “mercenaries” for fighting with Ukrainian troops, weeks after they were captured by Russian forces during the siege of Mariupol.
I didn’t know there was a death penalty in Russia. I thought they stopped it in 1996 – or was it hastily reintroduced, making it even more gross?
This is absolutely unacceptable and must be condemned from all possible sources.
Russia’s reputation is in the gutter.
Your people will face increasing sanctions and become increasingly alienated from the world.
PS: I was on the list of 154 people sanctioned by Russia. I can’t travel to Russia without “serious consequences”, which isn’t a problem as I never planned to go there!
Big day a wild Brit
WE all love a wedding.
Usually the best thing that happens is the best man’s speech and the worst thing is when a few people have one too many.
But last week, Britney Spears set a new bar for egregious events at a wedding when she married her third husband, Sam Asghari (he wouldn’t be my first choice either!)
The day got off to a rocky start when Britney’s first husband, Jason Alexander, was pinned to the ground while attempting to crash the ceremony at Britney’s LA home.
Then, like most brides, Britney took off her wedding dress, but she chose another one that was short enough to show her bottom.
She was surrounded by friends but without her children, mother, father or sister.
But at least she had Madonna snogging her to recreate the moment they kissed during their performance at the 2003 VMAs.
That might have been shocking then, but not so much now.
Despite all the antics, Britney looked like she was having fun and seemed very happy.
After 13 years under a conservator that meant she couldn’t control her life, she deserves her happiness and I hope she gets it.
It doesn’t take a political genius to conclude that the Conservative Party needs someone to put a firm hand on the helm.
In recent months, No. 11 has reportedly briefed the press on the wine in No. 10’s garden, reportedly briefed No. 10 on the tax status of Rishi’s wife and pushed MPs for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.
In other words, all the party’s many problems are escalating by themselves.
And if ever there was a case where they lived in the Westminster bubble, it was this one with this self-destructive nonsense.
Britain needs a strong government that creates jobs and opportunities, a fit healthcare system, a good education system and affordable housing.
All of this can be achieved if our MEPs focus on their day-to-day work and don’t get sidelined by things that really don’t matter to the public, only to them.
A mother animal
IT feels a bit archaic doesn’t it that Joshua Ma, the head of TikTok’s e-commerce division across Europe, told employees that as a “capitalist” he “didn’t believe” companies should offer maternity leave?
I’m sorry, but only a man – who has never grown another human in his body – can argue that maternity leave is not required.
I wonder if he expects a woman to give birth and then drives straight to the office?
TikTok says it’s investigating his comments amid reports he’s stepping down from the role, which is probably for the best.
How exactly does he anticipate the birth of the next generation?
power of the rebels
I LOVE that Rebel Wilson came out as gay at the age of 42 while also officially introducing her new girlfriend, fashion designer Ramona Agruma to the world with a beautiful picture of both women grinning from ear to ear.
More power for her.
In her caption, Rebel shared her excitement at the new relationship, joking that she had “searched for a Disney prince” for years only to find out what she “really needed was a Disney princess.”
It’s so great that we live in a time where Rebel likes to be so outspoken.
However, I wonder if there will be a point in the future where people will come across as straight.
Or just don’t feel the need to “come out” at all.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5542775/the-queen-royal-family-live-on/ The Queen is pulling the strings to ensure the royal family will live on for many years to come