Far From Home: Royals Send Their Kids To Boarding School

Royal traditions govern many aspects of life for the Cambridges and the rest of the elite family. Where will Prince George and Baby Archie complete their schooling? Their parents will have to make this tough decision... Let's take a look back at the educational history of this beloved family. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England.


Where Did The Queen Go To School? 

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, had schooling which might surprise you. The monarch and her sister, the royal Princess Margaret, underwent homeschooling. They were some of the final few royals to employ home governesses and teachers like Marion Crawford, who they called Crawfie

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Elizabeth working on her studies at a desk in Windsor Castle on 22nd June 1940.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Elizabeth working on her studies at a desk in Windsor Castle on 22nd June 1940.


Why Prince Charles Was Sent To Boarding School 

The first in line to the British throne, Prince Charles faced some tough love from his parents, especially his father, Prince Philip. To "toughen up," the shy lad was sent away to a boarding school called Cheam School. The Prince of Whales was only eight when he made this daunting move! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in Berkshire to start his first term, and is introduced to the headmaster, Peter Beck, 23rd September 1957.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in Berkshire to start his first term, and is introduced to the headmaster, Peter Beck, 23rd September 1957.


The Prince Of Whales Was Not A Fan Of Boarding School 

He found himself isolated and lonely away from home, and the Queen was quoted saying reportedly, the Prince was, in fact, "beginning to dread the return to school." After a few years, he moved over to a Scottish school known as Gordonstoun. The attendance fee was £8,650 per term! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in Berkshire to start his first term, and is introduced to the headmaster, Peter Beck, 23rd September 1957.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in Berkshire to start his first term, and is introduced to the headmaster, Peter Beck, 23rd September 1957.


Prince Williams And Harry's Educational Journey 

The beloved boys of Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry are alumni of the Ludgrove School in Berkshire. They, too, attended this academic boarding establishment from the young age of eight years old like their father, Prince Charles, so many years before. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William is welcomed to Ludgrove Preparatory School near Wokingham, Berkshire by joint headmaster Nichol Marston and Janet Barber, wife of the other headmaster, Gerald Barber.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William is welcomed to Ludgrove Preparatory School near Wokingham, Berkshire by joint headmaster Nichol Marston and Janet Barber, wife of the other headmaster, Gerald Barber.

To get yourself a spot at their former dormitory, you have to dish out a hefty amount of £9,420 per term. The princes lived in common areas with other students until they turned thirteen years old. Upon this age, they made a move over to the next phase of the schooling at Eton College

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William kissed and cuddled his mother, Princess Diana, showing just how much he is glad to be back with her from Ludgrove prep boarding school on 17th December 1990.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William kissed and cuddled his mother, Princess Diana, showing just how much he is glad to be back with her from Ludgrove prep boarding school on 17th December 1990.


The Little Prince's Schooling Fate Will Be Revealed Shortly

Can you believe the adorable Prince George will be turning seven on July 22 this year?! It seems like just yesterday we watched The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William exiting the hospital with him. This also means that Prince George will be eight next year.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England.

His parents will have to make a few choices about where they will be sending their little boy, that is, if they are sending him away at all. It is common practice for royal youngsters to leave the nest for boarding school at eight, so his schooling fate is bound to be revealed in the coming months. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge view helicopter models before departing on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge view helicopter models before departing on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017.


Where To Go After Thomas Battersea? 

Both Prince George, or "PG" as he is called at school and the always charming Princess Charlotte, have been pupils of Thomas Battersea for a while now. The educational hub boasts Modern Foreign Languages, Computing, and Outdoor Learning and begs the question, where will they go next?

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019 in London, England.

The fees of £6,429 per term make it a school certainly worth every cent! Robin Fletcher, the CEO of Boarding Schools' Association and BSA Group, is of the opinion the boarding school may just be a "fantastic opportunity" for the young Prince as it will give him more world exposure.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Cambridges visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Cambridges visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England.


Will Boarding School Benefit The Young Prince? 

Kate and William have certainly been debating the pros and cons of boarding school. Will Prince George be able to adapt to life away from his mum and dad? Well, the expert on all things boarding school, Robin Fletcher, further explained the countless benefits of boarding school. Robin said:

"Should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge choose a boarding school for Prince George, he will join over 79,000 pupils at UK boarding schools who enjoy endless academic and extra-curricular opportunities and make friends for life."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge attends the service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge attends the service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom.

Robin added

"Whether in a city or a country boarding school, Prince George will be treated as an equal and will be free to develop his skills and interests, safe in the knowledge that he is surrounded by a supportive and caring boarding community." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016.


Why Kate And William May Prefer More Informal Schooling 

Taking a look back on William and Kate's choices regarding education, it seems they might be keen on informal schooling. For example, Prince George first attended a £33-a-day Montessori nursery in Norfolk. This choice might have a link to his grandmother, Princess Diana.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015 in Tetbury, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015 in Tetbury, England.

Diana worked as a teaching assistant for a brief while at a Montessori nursery. Prince William may have opted for this to pay tribute to the type of schooling his mother was a fan of. This educational history review hints that this royal couple may just surprise us with their schooling decisions! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge attends a Plunket Play Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince George of Cambridge attends a Plunket Play Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.


Why Experts Doubt Boarding School Is On The Cards 

Educational consultants seem to agree that the chances of boarding school for the little Prince George are not high. They said:

“The vogue now is massively against young children boarding. Sending them away from the familial bubble, whatever the resources and culture of the school, the emotional structure that a family provides is more important at that age - it’s such a tender age."

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Cambridge family arrive at the Victoria Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Cambridge family arrive at the Victoria Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.

There is the hope that Prince George may attend Wymondham School in Norfolk, which is only an hour away from the Cambridge home. Wymondham is a secondary school state school and will allow the Prince to meet and interact with a diverse array of people. Experts say

“Wymondham School in Norfolk is one of the best state boarding schools in the country. State boarding schools are typically incredibly well regarded and there is only a handful of them around the country. How incredible for the future king to go to a school where they meet people of all backgrounds and races.”

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend an event hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 18, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend an event hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 18, 2019 in London, England.


Duchess Kate Middleton Also Has A History In Boarding School

Duchess Kate Middleton is no stranger to boarding school herself. She had some tough times because people saw her as "too perfect." She transferred to a different school, and things improved. She turned out to be quite the woman and is now part of her nation's most loved family! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to University staff and students during a visit to Senate House on an official visit to Cambridge on November 28, 2012.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to University staff and students during a visit to Senate House on an official visit to Cambridge on November 28, 2012.


What About The Rest Of The Royal Family? 

The Royal Family has a few members who have also decided that boarding school was not the way to go. Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, opted not to send both of their kids Lady Louis Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, to boarding school. They went to St Mary's School Ascot and St George's School instead! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / James, Viscount Severn, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex visit The Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo on July 23, 2019 in Bristol, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / James, Viscount Severn, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex visit The Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo on July 23, 2019 in Bristol, England.


The Tindall's Take An Educational Stand 

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips and her husband, Mike Tindall, had strong views about education. The father of Mia was clear that sending his little girl to boarding school "goes against my instincts." Mike told the Daily Mail that he would prefer to have his daughter close by.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mike Tindall and daughter Mia Tindall attend day 3 of the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 4, 2019 in Stroud, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mike Tindall and daughter Mia Tindall attend day 3 of the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 4, 2019 in Stroud, England.

This will enable Zara and him to assist her if she needs it. He said the following:

"I'm certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country. I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forge great independence from their parents, but I don't really want her to be distanced from us."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mike Tindall and Mia Tindall during the 2018 'Celebrity Cup' at Celtic Manor Resort on June 30, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mike Tindall and Mia Tindall during the 2018 'Celebrity Cup' at Celtic Manor Resort on June 30, 2018 in Newport, Wales.


Two Modern Day Princesses, Beatrice and Eugenie Go To School 

For these gorgeous girls, the dream of being a princess was a reality. Still, they too had to complete an education which started at Upton House School in Windsor. Next, they went on to Coworth Park School, and finally, the pair ended up at St George's School in the lovely Ascot.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Eugenie arrives with her parents for her first day at St George's School, Windsor.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Eugenie arrives with her parents for her first day at St George's School, Windsor.

Both girls excelled in their own way, with the youngest sister Eugene takings a gap year before completing an art degree at Newcastle University. Her head girl sibling, Beatrice, opted to go straight into her tertiary education, graduating with a 2:1 degree in History and at  Goldsmiths College in London

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Beatrice Arriving With Her Parents For Her First Day At St George's School In Windsor, Berkshire.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Beatrice Arriving With Her Parents For Her First Day At St George's School In Windsor, Berkshire.


Where Did The People's Princess Gain Her Immense Knowledge

Known affectionately as the People's Prince, Diana always had a very strong inner compass. The stunning royal was first homeschooled before she was sent to Riddlesworth Hall boarding school. She did not really excel at school but always carried a very warm spirit which would be felt by many in her lifetime. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Lady Diana Spencer, later to become Princess Diana, Princess of Wales pictured at the kindergarten at St. George's Square, London, where she worked as a teacher, 18th September 1980.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Lady Diana Spencer, later to become Princess Diana, Princess of Wales pictured at the kindergarten at St. George's Square, London, where she worked as a teacher, 18th September 1980.

Her journey with education was completed with a trip to Switzerland. Here she enrolled in an elite finishing school known as the Institut Alpin Videmanette. Her next steps would involve some time as both a nanny and a teacher until she finally became the princess she was destined to be. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William follows Eton tradition by signing a book before starting at the school, as Prince Charles, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) and Prince Harry look on, September 1995.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William follows Eton tradition by signing a book before starting at the school, as Prince Charles, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) and Prince Harry look on, September 1995.


Will Baby Archie Be Schooled In America? 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their new transatlantic life in America will certainly influence their choices. Royal heirs have often lived in the British nation growing up and thus underwent all of their schoolings there. However, now that Archie lives abroad, experts wonder where he will be educated. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019.

Traditionally the British educational journey is a 'holistic' one. There is also the option that he might be educated in Canada or possibly at home. The Prince has confessed that he struggled academically but flourished during sports activities. He said:

"Exams were always a nightmare, but anything like kicking a ball around or playing PlayStation - or flying - I do generally find a little bit easier than walking, sometimes." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019.


Why Diana's Grandson Could Go To School In Canada 

Meghan Markle, on the other hand, attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, followed by a stint at Northwestern University in Michigan. She excelled at school, learning new languages like French. One of Canada's official languages is French, and this will certainly appeal to Archie's mom. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.


The Cambridge Family Has Been "Homeschooling" Lately

While it is uncertain where some of the young royals will be going to school over the next few years, they have been homeschooled lately. Prince William and Kate Middleton have been homeschooling their little ones at their lovely Norfolk home of Anmer Hall during the coronavirus pandemic

The royal editor of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, also explained that the family is becoming more and more modern with former traditions. She said: 

"I think they'll wait to see how the children's personalities develop, and take into consideration whether or not they would be happy to live away from home." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019 in London, England.

The royal family has been dabbling in various educational systems for decades. From homeschooling to boarding school, it seems they have tried everything! What do you think about sending royal kids away to boarding school at eight years old, and would you be able to do it? Leave us your comments, and be sure to click share!

Sources: Standard Insider, Daily Mail, Express, Town and Country, Now To Love, Daily Mail, Vanity Fair 

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