“Kate wants George—and later Charlotte—to have the same school experience that she did as a child."
Following his fourth birthday at the weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now focuses on preparing Prince George to start school in September.
The rambunctious royal previously attended a Montessori nursery school in Norfolk, near the family home Anmer Hall, but come September, Prince George will become a full time pupil at Thomas’s Battersea in London.
In order to accommodate for Prince George’s education, and to allow Catherine and Prince William to take a more active role in royal events following the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement this Autumn, the family of four will move into Kensington Palace are permanent residents this August.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen for Prince George to have as normal a school experience as possible. Not only to reflect Catherine’s idyllic, happy childhood away from the cameras, but also in line with the couple’s desire for their children to have a normal childhood where possible.
A source revealed to the Daily Mail that one of the ways they intend to achieve this is by taking turns to do the school run.
“It’s very important to both of them that George enjoys as normal a childhood as possible, particularly as he settles into a new school, and for them this includes dropping him off at the school gates,” the source said.
Another source was quoted saying, “Kate wants George—and later Charlotte—to have the same school experience that she did as a child. Both she and William very much agree on this and think George will be very, very happy [at the school].”
“They are very hands-on parents, and although they acknowledge that it might cause a it of a buzz to start with, they are hopeful it will soon settle down” they added.
It is rumoured that an email has been circulated to parents of the school, asking to treat the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George as any other parent and child at the school. It is thought the family do not want any special treatment.
“The Duke and Duchess have made it clear that they do not wish Prince George’s attendance at Thomas’s to change its aims, values, or ethos in any way,” Vanity Fair reported.
In addition, it appears that it isn’t just the Duke and Duchess who are anticipating and preparing for Prince George’s first day at school. The fellow parents of other children at the London school are also nervous about what September may bring.
“We are all excited but also worried,” one mum told Vanity Fair. “What if one of our kids bites George, and what if the school fees rocket?”