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After months of rumors and speculation, Kate and Prince William’s move to Windsor was confirmed by their office, Kensington Palace, on Monday. This news was accompanied by a statement announcing that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were to start Lambbrook School together in September.
It read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today announced that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will attend Lambrook School in Berkshire from September 2022.
“Their Royal Highnesses are extremely grateful to Thomas’s Battersea where George and Charlotte have had a great start to education since 2017 and 2019 respectively and are delighted to have found a school for their three children which shares a similar philosophy and values to Thomas’s .”
The co-ed property is located just a 15-minute drive from Adelaide Cottage, the four-bedroom home the Cambridges are moving into.
Plus, it’s about 40 minutes from Bucklebury, where Kate’s parents live.
And Mr and Mrs Middleton have reportedly been given the opportunity to air their views on Kate and William’s move.
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Journalist Beth Hall noted that Lambrook is coeducational much like Marlborough College, the Wiltshire school the current Duchess of Cambridge joined after spending two terms at Downe House.
In this school, which was also subsequently attended by Pippa and James Middleton, Kate “flourished”, said the journalist.
Writing in the Daily Mail, she added: ‘It is surely no coincidence that Lambrook is only 30 miles from the children’s grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who will no doubt have been consulted.
Additionally, Ms Hall spoke about the possibility of Ms Middleton playing a leading role in the upbringing of George, Charlotte and Louis.
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Kate and Carole Middleton with Charlotte in 2019
She said: ‘That Kate could see her mother as a key part as she charts the educational journey of her own offspring, would come as no surprise.
She then mentions a snippet of a conversation between Kate and Giovanna Fletcher on a special episode of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.
The Duchess recalled memories of time spent with her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, who worked as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II.
Kate told Ms Fletcher: “I had an amazing grandmother who spent a lot of time with us, playing with us, doing crafts and going to the greenhouse to garden and cook with us.
“And I’m trying to incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us then into the experiences that I’m giving my kids now.”
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Ms Middleton herself has spoken of some of the activities she does with her grandchildren.
She told Saga magazine: ‘It’s important for kids to grow up enjoying nature and part of that is allowing them to get a bit muddy.
Speaking about how she plans a day out with the kids, Ms Middleton also said: ‘If I’m planting with my grandkids, I like it all laid out in ‘activity stations’ with their own little ones. trowel and pot so they can get started right away.
“There’s no point in calling the kids to an activity, only for you to then have to worry about finding the right equipment and clearing a space.
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“They will soon lose interest and collapse.”
During the same podcast episode with Ms Fletcher, the Duchess described her childhood as “very happy” and spoke of her desire to give her children a similar one.
Praising the upbringing given to her by Ms and Mr Middleton, Kate said: “I had a very happy childhood. It was a lot of fun.
“I’m very lucky, I come from a very strong family.
“My parents were extremely devoted to us, my brothers and sisters.
“I really appreciate now as a parent all they have sacrificed for us.”
Kate and Prince William accompanying Charlotte and George to school in 2019
Kate and William appear to be following in her parents’ footsteps as the decision to move to Windsor was ‘led by’ the children, according to a royal source.
They said earlier this week: “It was largely a decision two parents made to give their children the ‘most normal’ start possible.
“KP can be a bit of a fishbowl.
“They wanted to be able to give George, Charlotte and Louis a bit more freedom than they have living in central London.
“It’s really a decision that was made by the children.”
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