This Monday Prince William and Kate Middleton announced that all three of their children-Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4-will be kicking off the school year in a new school-Lambrook School in Berkshire. This is due to the upcoming relocation from London to Windsor.
“Their Royal Highnesses are hugely grateful to Thomas’s Battersea where George and Charlotte have had a happy start to their education since 2017 and 2019 respectively and are pleased to have found a school for all three of their children that shares a similar ethos and values,” the royal couple said in the official announcement put out by Kensington Palace.
Jonathan Perry, Headmaster at Lambrook School, added “We are delighted that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be joining us this coming September and very much look forward to welcoming the family, as well as all of our new pupils, to our school community.”
Kensington Palace confirms that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will start at Lambrook School in Berkshire next month. pic.twitter.com/woNyyW4iWa— Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) August 22, 2022
The school does offer boarding options, but the most likely scenario is that all three of the Cambridge children will be day students at Lambrook.
In the past boarding school was often used by royals, especially those in a senior position or those like George, who will one day be king. Prince Philip and Prince Charles both were students at Cheam School since the age of 8, and then later boarded at the famously rough-and-tumble Gordonstoun in Scotland. Both Prince William and Prince Harry also went to boarding school, with the two brothers going to Ludgrove School, which they began attending around Prince George’s age.
Prince George spent the entirety of his education so far at Thomas’s School in Battersea, located just four miles from Kensington Palace and only costing $23,000-per-year. Princess Charlotte joined her big brother in 2019, while the youngest, Prince Louis, went to the same nursery as his sister, the Willcocks Nursery School.
“We would like to thank George, Charlotte and all of our leaving pupils for upholding the school’s values and for their many contributions to school life throughout their time at Thomas’s. We wish them every happiness and success at their next schools and beyond,” Ben Thomas, Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, said in a statement.
Before finally going with Lambrook School, Prince William and Kate Middleton extensively researched all the schools in the area, going on tours at several schools to see if it would be the right fit for their children.
Prince George will most likely finish his education here, before continuing with higher education when he turns 18, the same age when his father joined Eton College.
The upcoming move to Windsor will mark a great change for the family, who previously had London as their home base. “The move is mostly down to schooling,” a family friend tells PEOPLE.
And, of course, the fact that they will be closer to Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who currently resides at Windsor Castle, as well as Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who live nearby in Bucklebury.