The Reason Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Son, Prince George, May be Leaving London for a While After His 8th Birthday

Prince George has been making headlines after he was seen at the Euro 2020 Final on July 11 alongside his parents Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The young prince was looking ecstatic after England’s first goal but shared in the mood that many in the country felt after losing to Italy 3-2 on penalties. But the Cambridge’s eldest son has also been in the news for another reason lately and that has to do with if he’ll be leaving London for a while after his 8th birthday.

Read on to find out why that could happen.

Kate Middeton with Prince George and Prince William looking on during the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match
Kate Middleton with Prince George and Prince William looking on during the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match | Frank Augstein/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

When Prince George turns 8

As William and Kate’s firstborn son and the oldest grandson of the Prince of Wales, George has a very high position in the line of succession to the British throne. He is third behind only his father and grandfather, who is the heir apparent to take over after Queen Elizabeth’s reign. George’s little sister, Charlotte, is fourth in line thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act which amended the system so that males no longer take precedence over their older sisters. Their younger brother, Louis, who was born in April 2018, is fifth.

Prince George will celebrate his 8th birthday on July 22, 2021.

Prince George donning a sailor cap at The Royal Foundation in the inaugural King's Cup regatta
Prince George donning a sailor cap at The Royal Foundation in the inaugural King’s Cup regatta | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Why George may leave London after his birthday

George currently attends Thomas’s Battersea school in southwest London. However, many royal fans have questioned if he is going to follow in his father’s footsteps and enroll in Ludgrove School in Berkshire when he turns 8. William and his brother, Prince Harry, both went to the boarding school when they were George’s age.

A royal insider told the Daily Mail that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been looking at Ludgrove and other schools around Berkshire.

“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,” the source said.

Prince William and Kate shared some big news with George on his 7th birthday

Prince William explaining something to Prince George as they sit in the stands with Kate Middleton at a football match
Prince William explaining something to Prince George as they sit in the stands with Kate Middleton at a football match | Eamonn McCormack – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Last year around his birthday, Will and Kate reportedly gave George some very big news.

According to royal author and historian for Netflix’s The Crown Robert Lacey, Prince William and his wife decided to tell George he would be king one day and that is believed to have occurred around the child’s 7th birthday in July 2020.

“William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son. Maybe one day George will tell us the story himself. But sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve,” Lacey wrote in the new chapter of his book Battle of Brothers (per the Daily Mail). “William’s aim as a father, the prince stressed, was to give his son ‘a normal family upbringing,’ enabling the monarchy ‘to stay relevant and keep up with modern times.’”

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