Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, 38, have three children. Since she joined the family in 2011, Kate has become a popular royal in her own right. The Duchess could have made a huge change to royal tradition through a decision she made with her children.
However, Kate decided to make her own decision when picking a school for her children.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are both being educated at Thomas’s Battersea in London.
It is likely she chose the school based on what was the best fit for the young royals Murray Morrison, leading education expert and the founder of Tassomai.com, explained.
He told Express.co.uk: “Princes William and Harry attended Wetherby Prep as children, and this remains an excellent school and would likely have been in the running.
“However, the Cambridges’ chose St Thomas’s Battersea for their children.
“There are a range of other schools that the Royal Family have chosen over recent generations and doubtless the choice has come down to which school offered the best fit for their child.”
When speaking of Kate’s choice of school, the expert said she has helped the family evolve by steering away from tradition.
Murray added: “This suggests that the Royal Family continues to evolve – that they are not hide-bound and simply repeating choices handed down over generations.”
“They will undoubtedly have strong experiences of their own schooling which will have influenced their decisions,” Murray explained.
“Each school has a distinct culture, whether that’s an emphasis on character, academic performance, sport, creativity or other areas of education.
“As a parent, if you found your education coloured, positively or negatively, by these aspects of your own school, that’s likely to be the strongest factor in your choices for your own children.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.