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Like millions of other children across the country, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be leaving summer behind in a few days’ time and heading back into the classroom.
And if previous years are anything to go by, we can expect to see the royal children starting the school year looking relaxed and happy.
That’s because their mum, Kate Middleton, is doing everything she can to recreate the happy school days she enjoyed, royal commentator Duncan Larcombe exclusively tells OK! .
“Kate had a very happy childhood and really enjoyed her school days, so I think the way she was brought up is being used as a template for her own three children,” he says.
“She’s a very hands-on mum, so she always makes sure she’s the one going with the children to buy school shoes as well as stocking up on school stationery.
“Everything is very straightforward with William and Kate. Aside from the school fees, they’re bringing up their children in a quintessentially British middle-class way.”
To ensure the children go back to school well-rested, the royals have enjoyed plenty of family time making memories together this summer.
“It doesn’t seem as though they’ve braved a holiday abroad or even in the UK this year but they have spent a lot of time at Bucklebury in Berkshire with Michael and Carole Middleton, so the children have seen lots of their grandparents,” says Duncan.
“The royals usually go quiet over the summer and don’t carry out many engagements so Kate and William will have had plenty of time to spend with their children.
“This year in particular, which has been so difficult with Prince Philip’s death and the fallout from Harry’s attacks on the royal family, everyone’s been trying to put a comfort blanket around the Queen.
“So although they haven’t been seen at Balmoral visiting the Queen yet, I’d expect WIlliam and Kate to take the family to see their great grandmother before school starts.”
Term starts on September 9 for George, eight, and Charlotte, five, at the £19,287-a-year Thomas's Battersea Prep School in London, while three-year-old Louis will return to the Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington.
“I think it’s very important to them to ensure their children enjoy their school days as much as they did,” says Duncan.
“Kate excelled at school and was captain of the hockey team as well as being head girl. When William was at school at Eton it was a very difficult time for him following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, but he was happy at school.”
William and Kate have a few years yet before making the important decision on George’s future school when he turns 13 but, says Duncan, they’ll already be considering the options.
“They may well plump for Eton, the school where kings and prime ministers go,” he says.
“But I wouldn’t be surprised if they plumped for Kate’s school, Marlborough. It’s a mixed school and a very good one, so they might want to make a statement and send the children there.
“Kate’s parents worked really hard to give their children a really good education and sending her own children to Marlborough would definitely fit in with the Middleton-style template.”
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