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My understanding is that the UK is quite different in that respect. In continental Europe and even in the US/Canada, most kids go to state schools ("public schools" in US lingo), whereas , in the UK, it is customary for upper class or even upper middle class children to go to private schools. Furthermore, at the upper secondary school level (the equivalent to "sixth form", "A levels" or IB in the UK), England actually has, by OECD standards, an unusually high percentage of school establishments that are private. My understanding is that, at least in the past, "working class" kids in the UK left school before the upper secondary level or went instead to vocational schools, so the pre-university track in the 16-18 age bracket was pretty much a middle-class/ upper middle-class thing.



Anyway, I don't know if that is accurate anymore, but the point I am getting at is that the Cambridge kids going to a private school is not considered unusual or controversial in the UK, because, within British society, that is what is expected not only of them, but actually of most kids born in wealthy families. That wouldn't be necessarily the case again in other European countries for example.


Yes, as a Brit I’m fully aware of all that, hence why I mentioned in brackets that it wouldn’t happen, to avoid a lengthy debate and discussion that would derail this thread from its actual topic.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:23 AM
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I am not so sure that the international school provides a better education than the school they have been attending so far, which is considered one of the best/better public schools in the country if I am not mistaken. In general, private schools are less common and not necessarily much better than other schools in terms of educational quality. The main difference is most likely the type of students (only affluent people can afford sending their children to these schools; which many times creates a very specific - not always academically challenging - subculture).
I think the idea here is to provide the International Baccalaurate for them, something their former school didn't offer (as far as I know), so they can later study university wherever they want.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:29 AM
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Happy first day of school from the Royal Belgian children!!


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EDbyYlkW...name=4096x4096
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EDbyYliX...name=4096x4096

King Philippe with Princess Eleonore pictured ahead of the first day of school at the Sint-Jan-Berchmanscollege school in Brussels this morning

https://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6693955


And Queen Mathilde with Prince Emmanuel pictured during the first day of school at the Eurekaschool school in Kessel-Lo, Leuven

https://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6693327
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:38 AM
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Two wonderful photos, nice that the Belgian court has published them.
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What lovely happy photos we should see more nice happy sibling photos like these.
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:24 AM
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Beautiful, beautiful picture of the royal kids. One can tell the amazing bond and affection they have for one another. It is such a relief to see it, in comparison to the complex relationship the King has with his own siblings. I guess one reaps what one sows....
Gabriel has become really tall, his height difference with all the other siblings (Elisabeth included) is so cute...and he seems so protective with all of them. The proud look of Elisabeth is lovely. I wish all of them a good school year!!!

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I am not so sure that the international school provides a better education than the school they have been attending so far, which is considered one of the best/better public schools in the country if I am not mistaken. In general, private schools are less common and not necessarily much better than other schools in terms of educational quality. The main difference is most likely the type of students (only affluent people can afford sending their children to these schools; which many times creates a very specific - not always academically challenging - subculture).
What I meant with "best education possible" is of course "best education possible according to their parents". I went to both private and public/state school, as my parents wanted me to have a Catholic education in my early years. And I have to say I had amazing experiences in both cases, what makes the difference in the private one is probably the dedication and the attention to the tiniest details that only an expensive fee can buy. That said, I think another factor that influenced Philippe and Mathilde'S (as well as Elisabeth and Gabriel's) choice, is the fact that they will probably go to university/college abroad, possibly Oxbridge/Ivy League, and those universities are very selective and are most likely to accept students with a certain curriculum, coming from specific schools.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:17 AM
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Here's another gallery and an article of this morning:



** rex gallery ** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery **


** dm: Royal school run! Queen Mathilde of Belgium is polished in a pink suit as she takes Prince Emmanuel..**
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The Belgian Royal children are poised yet natural, regal and accessible all at once. And they are all so lovely to look at ...like different species of the same flower or something.

I never cease to be impressed at how close and loving the four of them appear to be with one a other.
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:36 AM
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It seems the pic with all children is not from today as Emmanuel and Eleonore are wearing different outfits. Think also Elisabeth will already be in her college in Wales.
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:42 AM
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It seems the pic with all children is not from today as Emmanuel and Eleonore are wearing different outfits. Think also Elisabeth will already be in her college in Wales.
Emmanuel yes, but Eleonore is wearing the same clothes in both photos-the ones with her siblings and the ones arriving at school with her father.
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Prince Emmanuel has some charm. He is to watch for!
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Happy first day of school from the Royal Belgian children!!

King Philippe with Princess Eleonore pictured ahead of the first day of school at the Sint-Jan-Berchmanscollege school in Brussels this morning
https://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6693955
And Queen Mathilde with Prince Emmanuel pictured during the first day of school at the Eurekaschool school in Kessel-Lo, Leuven
https://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6693327

Hooray, it's the first day of school again. I love how they do it every year in Belgium.
And like every year, I wonder what must be in that backpack. Do all books and sports equipment have to be taken every day?

I also lugged early in high school, but such a big bag?
Or is it just like with the interns and youngest assistants in my office in the past, a complete large briefcase with a bread box and an apple in it?
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Prince Emmanuel has some charm. He is to watch for!
Thought so, too. He was only a little, shy boy in the past. But he could catch up with his older, charming brother in 1 or 2 years...!
He resembles his paternal grandfather Albert II. when he was at the same age a lot. And we know what a handsome young man he became in the 1950s!
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I think Emmanuel will pull a "Pierre Casiraghi" and eventually overtake his elder brother in the looks department...
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I think the idea here is to provide the International Baccalaurate for them, something their former school didn't offer (as far as I know), so they can later study university wherever they want.
Exactly, that's what I also said in one of my other posts. In the one you quoted I specifically responded to a message that said that it's logical that they receive the best education possible - which implied that a private school would be the way to achieve that; I don't agree with that.

I am sure Gabriel and his parents have a specific reason (most likely IB) in mind for him to change schools; making this a 'better' school for him at this stage in his specific circumstances; but that doesn't mean that he is now receiving 'the best education' or even a better education compared to his previous school in general.
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The Belgian Royal children are poised yet natural, regal and accessible all at once. And they are all so lovely to look at ...like different species of the same flower or something.

I never cease to be impressed at how close and loving the four of them appear to be with one a other.
Really nice pictures indeed showing a close bond between the siblings. It doesn't look like Elisabeth being gone most of the year affected that in any way.

Interesting but no longer surprising to see that Emmanuel keeps attending Eureka which is meant to be a 'temporary' solution for pupils (2-3 years) not a permanent school - although they might have shifted their vision. He is starting his 8th consecutive year at the school (starting attending in September 2012).

According to their website it's for pupils in grade 2 (primary) to grade 2 (secondary); so assuming he is starting second grade (of Secondary school) this year, he will have to leave at the end of this year.
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How gorgeous and likeable they are ! And so well dressed ! Proud of my Royal Family !
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:40 AM
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Really nice pictures indeed showing a close bond between the siblings. It doesn't look like Elisabeth being gone most of the year affected that in any way.

Interesting but no longer surprising to see that Emmanuel keeps attending Eureka which is meant to be a 'temporary' solution for pupils (2-3 years) not a permanent school - although they might have shifted their vision. He is starting his 8th consecutive year at the school (starting attending in September 2012).

According to their website it's for pupils in grade 2 (primary) to grade 2 (secondary); so assuming he is starting second grade (of Secondary school) this year, he will have to leave at the end of this year.
I think the school has done a lot of good to him and that's why his parents chose for Emmanuel to stay there as long as possible, he's always been a shy boy but has been slowly but surely coming out of his shell in the last couple of years, I think he will be ready to join a regular school next year, maybe even the one his siblings have attended.

I love that Philippe and Mathilde tackled the issue head on, didn't try to hide the way that he had some special needs and actually do the same thing with him and all his siblings, taking him to school exactly the way they do with them.

The bond between the siblings is undeniable, Elisabeth and Gabriel the protectors of the younger ones, even at a distance, I think it's a credit to P&M that their kids are such well adjusted, charming, loving young people.
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Thought so, too. He was only a little, shy boy in the past. But he could catch up with his older, charming brother in 1 or 2 years...!
He resembles his paternal grandfather Albert II. when he was at the same age a lot. And we know what a handsome young man he became in the 1950s!
Emmanuel is a mini-clone of his father, even has the same "hair form" so to speak
That means he'll be a handsome man like Philippe.
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First day for Princess Elisabeth in her school at Wales and the Palace share a picture!!


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