Prince George: How the son of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton is preparing to rule as FUTURE KING
Prince George is just 9 years old but he is already learning how to be the future King of England and all that the 'job' entails from family members
LONDON, UK: Prince George is just a 9-year-old. But in preparation to take on the throne as the King of England in the future, he is already learning the ropes from other royal family members. By all accounts, Prince Williams and Kate Middleton are taking every step to give George as well as his siblings, Charlotte and Louis, as normal a childhood as possible given their circumstances. But the royal genes means he will have to adapt to playing one of the most unique roles in the modern world, a monarch of a democratic country, if he claims his throne. Here we bring you a look at Prince George's royal training.
Born on July 22, 2013, Prince George’s schooling began when he was just two-and-a-half years old. The prince went to Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk before getting enrolled in Thomas's Battersea in South London with his sibling Princess Charlotte. Thomas Battersea is a private school, which offers not just phenomenal education but also teaches the skills necessary to live a royal life. As the royal family is set for their big move from their current home at Kensington Palace to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, Prince George and his two siblings will all be attending a new school.
Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 will reportedly start school in September at Lambrook School in Berkshire, where they will be day pupils. One of the reasons the royals picked the school was because it is a co-ed institution, allowing all the children to go to the same school. Lambrook, which charges up to 7,000 pounds ($8448) each term, sees many of its pupils go on to attend prestigious secondary schools like Eton, Prince William's alma mater.
While schooling will develop Prince George’s mind at its own pace, the Duchess of Cambridge is taking her eldest son’s future seriously. While she is trying to give Prince George and his siblings a normal life, she is also preparing him for his royal duties. According to royal expert Duncan Larcombe, she has a plan mapped out to help him grow into his duties without sacrificing his childhood. "George is only just beginning to understand his destiny," he claimed. "But Kate has got the journey planned."
For instance, back in July, George wore his first grown-up suit to attend the Euro Cup finals with his parents. Being struck by Prince George’s looks people were asking why they hadn’t let him wear an England shirt "like a normal eight-year-old". But Kate said no. "She was showing George that being 'on duty' requires a different approach… he has to learn to don the royal armor," expert Larcombe recalled.
As per Kate and Prince Williams, giving Prince Williams a stable upbringing is their key to ensuring his future success as a royal. Talking about the importance of stable life, Prince Williams told GQ in 2017, "Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world, and that is so important to both of us as parents," he explained. "I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life."
George is already showing signs that he is going to be a great leader in the future and make his parents proud. He doesn’t act shy while meeting dignitaries or forget royal etiquette while attending a public meeting. The credit for this go to the several mentors who are there to guide him besides his own parents. One of the most enchanting things about Prince George’s life is that he has seven godfathers including Mr Oliver Baker, Mrs David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Mrs Michael Samuel, Mrs Michael Tindall, and Mr William van Cutsem.
Being a royal member means royal service automatically becomes an inseparable part of your life, unless you abdicate. Prince George has already learned this. While joining, UK's 'Clap for Carers' initiative in 2020, George helped his parents to deliver meals to at-risk neighbors during the Covid-19 lockdown. He was even seen participating in litter-picking trips with his school. Military service is an important part of the royal experience as well. George's father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry both served in the RAF. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it looks as though George could follow in their footsteps, as he has developed a passion for flying from a very young age.
Prince George got the taste of fanfare that accompanies royal life when he played a starring role at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The young royal looked poised throughout the celebrations – proving he is acclimating to the role well.