Though Prince William won't take the throne for quite some time — after Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles is next in line — experts predict that he and wife Kate Middleton will change the royal institution for the better when he becomes King.
"They are bringing to the party different means of achieving the whole," their former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton explained to PEOPLE Royals. "He has the experience of knowing where the institution sits and seeing it evolve. The Duchess brings this pragmatic awareness of what it's like to be from a decent, down-to-earth family."
Unlike the Queen or the Prince of Wales, the Cambridges "are playing a really important role in finding a point of connection for a different range of subjects that the family hasn't always connected with," noted an insider. "[They] can mix the traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents."
The pair share three kids: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.
Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal roles in early 2020, William and Kate have "become the modern face of the institution," and while balancing parenthood and their royal duties can be difficult, Lowther-Pinkerton believes they're up for the task.
"Thank God they've got each other and the training that they've had," he said. "They have a solid bond through these last 10 years. If you had scoured the realm you couldn't have got a better pair, frankly."
It was recently reported that the family-of-five may move to Windsor, which means they would be closer to Elizabeth. Historian Dr. Ed Owens called the potential move "a very deliberate, symbolic act."
Added Owens, "They’re clearly trying to associate themselves with the Queen, present themselves as supportive individuals and also associate themselves with this very historic site that’s been important for the monarchy for a long time."