Prince William and Kate Middleton 'research' local schools ahead of rumored Windsor move

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly visited potential new schools for their three children

William and Kate 'research' new schools before Windsor move
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans to move to Windsor appear to be getting more serious, as the royal couple begins their 'research' on local schools for their three young children. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on a crucial step for any young family relocating to a new neighborhood—investigating the local schools. 

It's understood that the royal couple is anxious to swap their London home of Kensington Palace for the posh postcode of Windsor, in the hope of giving their three children a normal upbringing away from the media's glare. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton's moving plans are now in full swing, with the pair reportedly already looking for the perfect country school to continue their kids' top-notch education. Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, currently attend the fee-paying St. Thomas's Battersea in south London, while three-year-old Prince Louis is enrolled at the progressive Willcocks Nursery in Kensington.

The school-hunting process has seen the devoted parents meet with multiple principals in the Windsor area over the past several months, according to a royal insider. 

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

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“They’ve been doing their research on local schools for the last year,” Teddy Wolstenholme, editorial director of Talk Education and former editor of the Tatler Schools Guide, told the Sunday Times. 

“One pupil at Lambrook was asked by the cheery future king how he’d rate Latin. And when Kate was looking round another school, Papplewick, a pupil told her that she looked just like the Duchess of Cambridge.” 

It's understood that William and Kate wish to keep the eldest Cambridge children at the same school, which means single-sex institutions—like the Duke of Cambridge's alma mater of Ludgrove—are unlikely to be considered. Lambrook, a preparatory school in Winkfield, Berkshire, is a definite candidate, accepting both boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13. 


Ludgrove, where Prince William attended as a child 

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St. Andrew's in Pangbourne, where Kate went as a child, is also a possibility. Like Lambrook, the school is co-educational and accepts students up to the age of 13. However, it has the disadvantage of being situated a half hour's drive outside of Windsor—meaning the kids would likely have an earlier wake-up call than if they were enrolled at Lambrook. 

“They’re used to a long school run in London," a local told the Times. "It’s leafy, with a big sweeping driveway, a brand new sports hall, and a beautiful indoor swimming pool. And you have the option of being a day pupil or boarding.” 

It's unlikely, however, that the Duke of Cambridge would be content to send his children away for their education. It's been reported that Prince William refuses to have Prince George 'packed off' to boarding school, despite having boarded himself. If George and Charlotte do board for their elementary studies, they will still probably return in the evenings. 

"He's never intended to have his kids as full-time boarders and if George does go to a school that offers it, he'll likely be a day boarder," royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK! magazine. Duncan. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.