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Old 03-25-2017, 05:46 PM
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I agree Hereditary Princess. I have a feeling that William and Kate will not be sending their children off to boarding school at 8 but will wait until they're older.
I have the same feeling.
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:03 PM
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Yeah I think Kate and William are going to go the next step past where Diana & Charles went.


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Old 03-25-2017, 07:07 PM
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Are the kids going to be using the surname of Cambridge? I know William and Harry used Wales for school/military/jobs etc.


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Old 03-25-2017, 07:49 PM
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Please note that several off-topic posts that have nothing whatsoever to do with the Education of the Cambridge children have been deleted. There are other threads in which to discuss names, titles and styles of members of the Royal Family.
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:06 PM
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I have the same feeling.


I hope so I have never understood the English way of putting a little 8 year old in boarding school. I find that awful and cruel and so out of date the way we bring our children up now. Not having a mummy or daddy to read a story and a cuddle and kiss at night is beyond cruel
And I am way off topic sorry it's something I feel very strongly about
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:53 PM
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I agree with you royal rob 100%. As much as a good education is for all children royal or not, 8 years old is too soon to be "boarded" out for me. It seems to me that a child around 13 years old would be more adaptable to a boarding environment simply because as the kid reaches towards the teen years, so does the inner need to be more independent and think for themselves.

Its very possible that both William and Kate realize this and this is a factor for choosing the school that they did for George (and eventually Charlotte) besides being a co-ed school and having a kindergarten for Charlotte at 2 1/2.

At 8 years old, mommy and daddy are still the principal figures in a child's life and schooling and independence come in second.

At least that's how I see it.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:03 PM
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Frankly I'm uncomfortable with the idea of sending any age of a minor child off to a school ...after graduation from high school is soon enough for them to go off to the next phase in life.

Maybe the Cambridges will break new ground all the way around. Will be interesting to see what they do.

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Old 03-25-2017, 09:05 PM
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After having gone to Eton, William and Harry have a large number of friends from their school days, and that's a good thing. Charles has never struck me as a person who has a lot of friends his own age.

Diana wanted Eton for her sons, but I read someplace that Charles asked some alumni about it.
And what made up his mind was when one told him that the closest friendships of his life were those he made at Eton.

Charles decided he wanted that for his own sons, and agreed to go along with Diana's wishes. It helped that he hated Gordonstoun so much that he never entertained the thought of sending his own children there.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:47 PM
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Frankly I'm uncomfortable with the idea of sending any age of a minor child off to a school ...after graduation from high school is soon enough for them to go off to the next phase in life.

Maybe the Cambridges will break new ground all the way around. Will be interesting to see what they do.

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What is more likely is that they will return largely to the old ways - where the children aren't sent away from home at all but only leave the home to go to school, rather than have live-in or visiting tutors.

The idea of sending the children to boarding school, for the royals, is only two generations old (Charles and William are the only two future kings who went to boarding school at all).

It was more normal for them to be totally raised at home and I suspect that this will be the case for George and Charlotte - no boarding school at all.
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:12 PM
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I hope that is the case. Considering Kate herself had a tough time at boarding school I'm betting she's not too keen on the idea of sending her own children to one.


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What is more likely is that they will return largely to the old ways - where the children aren't sent away from home at all but only leave the home to go to school, rather than have live-in or visiting tutors.

The idea of sending the children to boarding school, for the royals, is only two generations old (Charles and William are the only two future kings who went to boarding school at all).

It was more normal for them to be totally raised at home and I suspect that this will be the case for George and Charlotte - no boarding school at all.
Not at all. George VI, Edward VIII and their brother George all went to the Naval Academy. George and George at 13, I believe Edward was older. This was basically military boarding school, which led to joining the navy at 17. Edward hated it. Henry was the lone brother out. He actually is the first Windsor to go to Eton. Unlike his brothers who had been tutored and then naval college, Henry was sent to a day school. He wasn't a great student, but he thrived and the headmaster convinced the king to send Henry as a boarding student. He later went to Eton and Cambridge.

Even for women it isn't new. Elizabeth and Margaret didn't go, but Alexandra did. While Edward and Michael went to Eton, she went to Heathfield. Henry sent both sons as well. Eton may have been new in the main line when William went, but Charles certainly had family to ask advice on.

This generation, the Earl of St. Andrews and ulster, Freddie and James Oglivy all attended Eton. Helen went to Gordonstoun, Nicholas went to Harrow, Gabriellle went to Downe.

Honestly boarding school makes sense for royals. Not at eight but at thirteen yes. Especially senior royals. The patebts travel a lot, especially ones like William and Kate. Their kids are going to be home with nannies anyways. And even if exclusive boarding schools, the schools give them a sense of normalcy. Being boarders, they get to be regular students. They see their patebts on holidays and weekends.

I would be shocked if they don't do boarding school. I simply think like Louise, and the yorks, they will be older. A patebts experience often influences choice. Kate and William both enjoyed their schooling. It see,s they simply think 8 too young.
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I hope that is the case. Considering Kate herself had a tough time at boarding school I'm betting she's not too keen on the idea of sending her own children to one.


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She had a hard time at Downe where she was a day student. She was quite happy and did well at Marlburough, where both Pippa and James later went.

I don't get the conceit that at 18 you are suddenly ready to be on your own. Boarding school isn't like sending them out on their own. And when you aren't home to raise your kid, as you are traveling the country on duties, it offers just as much stability as a nanny.
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And lets not forget, Catherine's father, grandfather and great-grandfather all boarded at Clifton College.

There is as much of a tradition of sending children off to boarding school in the Middleton family as there is with the royals.
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With that many generations it would say that their is more of a tradition in the Middleton family than in the BRF where it is only two generations old.
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I like what The Tatler Schools Guide states about Prince George's new school. I'm sure his name was down at almost every prep school in London.

Entry is selective at 4+; get your child's name down at birth.

Thomas's, Battersea Prep School Fees, Results & Alumni - 2017 Tatler Schools Guide - Tatler
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:18 PM
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With that many generations it would say that their is more of a tradition in the Middleton family than in the BRF where it is only two generations old.
As in my post above, it isn't two generations old. The queen's father, Edward and george all went to the naval academy before joining the navy (start at 13). Henry went to Eton. All the queen's cousins went to boarding school including Alexandra.
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That is not unusual with private schools. We have already closed our waiting list books for 2022 for Kindergarten - i.e. children born this year - with a number of them 'still to be born'. We do know that of the over 150 names down only 60 will end up getting a place but also that probably 10 - 15 of those won't be ones whose names are down yet. It is a game that private schools play - often with large non-refundable deposits but it does give the parents some choices in 5 years time.
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CAtherine was also a weekly boarder at St Andrew ( school not the university) prior to going to Downe House/ Marlborough. She said she enjoyed her time there.
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Just out of curiosity, will this school just be a kind of kindergarten for George or will that venue support him through elementary school? Does it fuction as a soet of preschool? I don't understand much the british educational system, sorry :-)
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:15 PM
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Come September George will no longer be pre-school/kindergarten. He will be in his first year of pre-prep. Preschool is 3-4.

The school runs until 13, so there is no reason to think George would have to change schools. It is Charlotte who will be preschool there presumably in January.
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