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Prince George braced for ‘new chapter’ in Royal Family life as future King turns 8 today

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George looked smart as he beamed while posing on the bonnet of a Land Rover Defender in his annual birthday snap taken by his mother Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The Land Rover was a nod to his late great-grandfather Prince Philip, who sadly died in April. The image was also taken outdoors earlier this month in Norfolk, where the Cambridges have their family home, Anmer Hall, which is close to the Queen’s Sandringham residence.

But he may soon be spending time away from his family home as he could be preparing to start Ludgrove School, in Berkshire, in September.

The Telegraph’s Victoria Ward said: “The children’s school, Thomas’s Battersea, has broken up for the summer holidays, leaving them free to enjoy a party, for which they may well be joined by the Duchess’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

“Prince George will also be preparing for a new chapter in his life, amid claims that he will start a new prep school in September.

“Both Prince William and Prince Harry boarded at Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight before moving to Eton at 13.”

George and his sister younger Princess Charlotte currently attend Thomas’s School in Battersea.

The Christian school, which costs £6,429-a-term, includes subjects such as Modern Foreign Languages, Computing and Outdoor Learning, according to its website.

Before he attended Thomas’s, William and Kate sent George to a £33-a-day Montessori nursery in Norfolk.

But George could now be following in his father’s footsteps as both William and Prince Harry attended Ludgrove School, which is currently priced at £9,420 per term, where they both boarded from the age of eight.

They shared dormitories with other children there before then moving to Eton College when they were aged 13.

A source told the Daily Mail: “Nothing has been decided and of course they could very well decide to keep the children at Thomas’s, but William and Kate have recently visited schools in the Berkshire area, which has got a lot of people talking.”

Prince Charles also spent much of his childhood at boarding school.

He started his education at Hill House School in London, before then going to Cheam School, where Prince Phillip also attended from the age of eight.

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However, Charles was said to have been very unhappy at boarding school.

The Queen reportedly wrote that he was “beginning to dread the return to school” and royal biographer Dermot Morrah added he saw Cheam as “a misery.”

Meanwhile, George has spent the past 12 months living life under lockdown with his two siblings and parents.

Kate recently admitted she had been cutting her children’s hair, which sparked “horror” among the royal children.

She told a group of parents in January: “I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children’s horror, seeing mum cutting hair.”

George was most recently seen cheering for England with his parents at a number of their Euro 2020 games, including the final against Italy at Wembley.

He is also third in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William.

George was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 4.24pm on July 22, 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz.

He appeared in front of the world’s media on the hospital steps one day later, where he was pictured being wrapped in a white merino wool shawl and cradled in his parents’ arms.

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