Prince Charles has spent his whole life preparing for the day he becomes King.
As the Queen and Prince Philip’s firstborn child, he is the heir to the throne of Britain.
Charles has been working to support his mother, who has reigned for 69 years, since being invested as the Prince of Wales in July 1969.
In recent years, with the support of his wife Camilla, he has taken on more responsibilities within the "Firm".
The Queen, who turned 95 this year, has begun to slow down, leaving more room for the Prince of Wales to take on more responsibilities.
One of the things Prince Charles has reportedly been working on is plans for a slimmed down version of the monarchy.
When he takes over the Crown, he is said to be looking to have a team of seven senior Royals.
Royal author Angela Levin told talkRADIO : "Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer.
"I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal family.
"I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons, which at her age she didn't really particularly want change which I think is understandable.
"But he wants to change and I think he will do that."
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Prince Charles is reportedly looking to have a team of seven – which doesn’t include Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice or Prince Andrew.
The changes in the Royal family can already be seen, with the Queen revealing her new team of eight senior Royals last year, The Mirror reports.
The Queen, Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex came together after the Covid lockdown for a reunion photo at Windsor Castle.
Courtiers have been told to plan events for the eight Royals, known unofficially as "the new Firm".
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A Royal source said: "The family are united in exploring the possibilities in working with each other to highlight the causes dear to their hearts, helping each other and the country at the same time.
"The Queen has often said they 'need to be seen to be believed' – this is coming from the very top."
When Charles takes over as King the "new Firm" will consist of seven working Royals.
New Royal titles
These senior Royals will take on new titles. For example, Prince William will become the Prince of Wales.
It is not yet known if Kate Middleton will take the title of Princess of Wales.
Technically Camilla should now have the title, but she turned it down out of respect for Diana, who took the title after marrying Charles in 1981.
Following the death of Prince Philip last month, Prince Charles was handed the title Duke of Edinburgh – but he won't use it.
When Charles becomes King, this title will go to the Queen and Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward.
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