Prince George might have just started preschool but it looks like Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are already thinking about how to further their son’s educational career. According to reports, that includes whether the royal toddler will continue to follow in his father’s scholastic footsteps.
Last month, Kensington Palace issued a press release confirming that 2-year-old Prince George would be attending the Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, England. The school responded to the announcement with excitement.
“We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery where he will get the same special experience as all of our children,” the school replied. Prince George celebrated his first day at Westacre on Jan. 6.
CNN reported that Prince William also attended a Montessori school, a London-based nursery named Mrs. Mynors’ preschool, at the age of three. (Prince William was the first member of the royal family to attend school outside the Buckingham Palace, followed by his brother, Prince Harry.)
According to People magazine, if Prince William and Duchess Kate continue to have little George follow his father's educational path, their son's next step will be attending boarding school at the age of eight.
In 1987, 4-year-old Prince William attended Wetherby School in London. Then, four years later, the heir to the throne made his way to the all-boys’ prep school Ludgrove in Berkshire. Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s firstborn continued to deviate from tradition, according to Time Magazine, when Prince William attended Eton — a boarding school in Windsor that both Princess Diana’s brother and father went to — instead of enrolling for high school at the Scottish boarding school Gourdonstoun, an academy attended by Prince William's father and grandfather.
Although Prince William and Duchess Kate have honored the tradition of their royal family in the past, the two have never been intimidated to take the road less traveled. For Christmas, the royal couple broke tradition when they celebrated their daughter Charlotte's first holiday in Norfolk with newborn's maternal grandparents instead of at their Sandringham House, OK Magazine reported.