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How The Queen Has Guided Prince William On The Path To Becoming King

They have a close bond.

09/20/2017 12:02 EDT | Updated 09/20/2017 12:03 EDT
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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations continues.

He won't be King of England for many, many years, but Prince William has been training for his future role as monarch since he was a teenager.

In People magazine's new cover story, Robert Lacey, historian and consultant to the Netflix series "The Crown," discusses how Queen Elizabeth has mentored her grandson as he prepares for the day when he ascends the throne.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kisses his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II goodbye after she opened the new East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge Airport on July 13, 2016 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

"There has always been a special closeness between William and the Queen, and she has taken a particular interest in him," Lacey told People.

"It's no secret that she and Charles have had a prickly relationship at times," Lacey added. "When William became a teenager, she would have him at Windsor Castle and would open the state boxes and guide him through the papers. It was William's constitutional education."

There has always been a special closeness between William and the Queen.

Currently, William, 35, is the second-in-line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles.

Before she became Queen, Elizabeth underwent rigorous training to prepare her for life as monarch.

"When [Elizabeth's father, George VI] knew that she was going to be his heir, the program of preparation was set in motion," noted a CBC "The Passionate Eye" report last year.

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Queen Elizabeth II after giving a speech on September 4, 2017 in South Queensferry, Scotland. (Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"In addition to [her private studies at age 13] she had her father who was the only person who could really talk to her about the challenges of being a monarch.

"Her mother also played a role. Her mother knew that Elizabeth was innately shy so she would pretend to be various dignitaries. She would teach Princess Elizabeth how to have conversations with them, all of which stood her in good stead when the time eventually came and she had no idea when it would come."

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Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother and Prince Charles with Princess Margaret Rose in the royal box at Westminster Abbey watching the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Elizabeth is known to be close to her grandsons William and brother Harry — who is fifth-in-line to the throne — and for his part, Will has called his beloved grandma "the best role model I could have."

Last year, the prince, who is father to Prince George, third-in-line to the throne, and Princess Charlotte, fourth-in-line to the throne, told the BBC that Elizabeth's input is "more of a soft influencing, modest kind of guidance. I don't think she believes too heavily in instruction."

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Cambridge, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Duke of Cambridge during the annual Trooping The Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

She may not believe in instruction but William is undoubtedly learning a lot from his grandma just by watching her. It's well-known that the Queen is a workhorse — so much so that she made Will, Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge look bad last year when it was reported that she carried out more engagements than the three of them combined. And she's 91!

Clearly, William — not to mention, Prince Charles — has a lot to live up to when he steps into her shoes.

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