Prince William and Kate Middleton are quickly becoming the faces of the royal family.
Last week, the mother-of-three hosted the Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey for the first time, signaling that she's comfortable with taking the reins.
"It’s the third generation taking the lead – we’re living in a time, the Cambridge’s are the bridge within the monarchy," expert Dickie Arbiter wrote for FEMAIL. "The carol service was Kate's idea — but it's one way for other members of the royal family, who have all been involved in one way or another on the Covid front, to come together and say thank you."
"Whether through their own charities, individuals, Zoom calls with nurses or health workers etc., this was a way of the family coming together to say thanks," he noted. "It was very much the Duchess of Cambridge’s initiative, who works very closely together with the Duke. It was almost a joint project with the Duchess taking the lead."
Arbiter believes that Kate and William leading the event helped the family reach a wider audience.
"Young people know who the Queen is but they can't quite attune with someone so distant in terms of the age gap," he explained. "When you have people like the Cambridges, they act as a bridge between the young people and older generation."
Though the pair won't take the throne until after Prince Charles' reign is over, the family's former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton told PEOPLE Royals that the Cambridges will make excellent leaders.
"They are bringing to the party different means of achieving the whole," he shared. "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. [They] can mix the traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents."
"Thank God they've got each other and the training that they've had," continued Lowther-Pinkerton. "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."