Prince George Is Heading To School

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will send Prince George to Thomas's Battersea, a private south London primary school in September. Prince George was previously expected to attend Wetherby School, his father’s alma mater.

“Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education,” the palace said in a statement.

Thomas's Battersea charges more than £6,000 a term, according to the 2017 Tatler Schools Guide.

The school's headmaster, Ben Thomas, said he was "honoured" to welcome the three-year-old Royal as a pupil.

He said: "We are honoured and delighted that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Thomas's Battersea for Prince George. We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September."

“This is clearly a significant moment for their family and most certainly for Thomas's,” school principals Ben Thomas and Tobyn Thomas said in an e-mail to the parents of the other pupils. “Like so many parents, the Duke and Duchess have put a great deal of thought into the choice of their eldest child's first "big school.”

The e-mail continued: “The Duke and Duchess have made it clear that they do not wish Prince George's attendance at Thomas's to change its aims, values, or ethos in any way. They would like, as far as is possible, for him to enjoy the same education that all of our pupils receive and for them to join the school community as all of our new parents do.”

William and Kate plan to move their full-time residence to Kensington Palace in the fall as George begins school.

-Devashree Goenka