Prince George Enrolled

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The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the gallery’s 2017 Portrait Gala.

The news that Prince George has been enrolled at Thomas’s Battersea pre-preparatory school, instead of the much anticipated choice of Wetherby School in Notting Hill, was a reminder that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge always keep their personal plans a closely guarded secret. Thomas’s is some four miles away from Kensington Palace, which also makes the security arrangements a little more complicated, but William and Kate are keen for George to be treated like any other youngster and feel that the £6110 a term Thomas’s is the right choice.


Thomas’s Battersea School where Prince George will start in September.

Kate’s recent engagement as patron of the National Portrait Gallery provided an opportunity to link up with other parents whose children are already at Thomas’s. During the engagement at the gallery overlooking Trafalgar Square, Kate was introduced to architect Richard Found and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector. Kate joked with them that she was not “sure George has any idea what’s going to hit him . . . I may see you at the school gates.”

George on his first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk
Prince George on his first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk.

As William and Kate organize their lives in London there will no doubt be plenty of opportunities to see the family as they go about their engagements and daily routine as parents, although it is also hoped that the public interest will not lead to an intrusive paparazzi presence.