Spanish Princess to join Welsh ‘Hogwarts for nobility’

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Spainish Princess Sofia set to attend United World College of the Atlantic in Wales on a two-year €74,000 (£66,000) course, her parents Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI announced. The young royal will be taking the International Baccalaureate (IB), an alternative to A-levels, after two years.

The Spanish royals said the 15-year-old had passed the entrance tests and is set to start at the school at the “end of August or beginning of September”.

Sofia’s studies would include “both science and arts” and the Princess will be able to take part in creative activities such as theatre, music and art, as well as sports, the statement from the royal household said.

It also added that the Princess will be able to take on community service duties, such as supporting local schools or working with children with intellectual disabilities.

The cost of the two-year course will be €74,000 (£66,000), the royals revealed.

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The statement added: “The cost of the International Baccalaureate that the Infanta Sofía will take will also be paid in full personally by Their Majesties the King and Queen with their annual allowance.”

She will be following her older sister and heir to the throne Princess Leonor’s, 17, footsteps, but the pair will unfortunately not be attending together.

Leonor is currently in her last year of studies and will be gradating in the summer after joining in 2021.

However, the Spanish Princesses are not the only royalty to grace the college in Vale of Glamorgan.

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The school has a long list of blue blooded pupils, including Princess Elisabeth, heir to the throne of Belgium, who graduated in 2020, and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, 21, the daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, enrolled in 2018 but had to cut her time at the college short due to the Covid pandemic, forcing her to continue the studies remotely from home.

Princess Raiyah of Jordan is also an alumni at the college.

Atlantic College is located near the town of Llantwit Major on the South Wales coast, overlooking the Bristol Channel.

Classes are carried out in a 12th century Castle by the sea, with its own seafront, woodland, farmland and valley.

Additional reporting: Maria Ortega.

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