Prince George ‘may leave London this year’ after celebrating eighth birthday

2021 has been a year of change for many and it seems the royals are no different – with reports that Prince George could be about to move out of London.

Set to celebrate his eighth birthday later this month, the youngster could be all set for a big move to the Royal County of Berkshire.

This is because, as the prince gets older, his parents Prince William and Kate Middleton may decide to have him move schools.

George currently attends Thomas's School in Battersea, but the prince could follow in his dad's footsteps and move to a boarding school.

William boarded at Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight, before attending Eton, as did his brother Prince Harry.

Last month, The Daily Mail reported that the Cambridges had been enquiring about schools in Berkshire for their children, as well as suitable nearby residences.

The report suggested that William and Kate raising their family in the capital is not understood to be part of their long-term plans.

However, the newspaper cited sources as stressing that Kensington Palace would remain their London base, and will continue to do so after they become the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, six, both currently attend Thomas's Battersea in southwest London, which takes children until they are 13.

Three-year-old Prince Louis attends Willcocks Nursery in Kensington.

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."

Some sources have reportedly speculated that William and Kate could rent privately on the Queen's Windsor estate.

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But others are said to believe it is more likely they could remain in London during term time and opt for weekly or flexi boarding options at schools in Berkshire.

If the Cambridges did move to Berkshire they would be close to Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

The Middletons live in a seven-bedroom Grade II-listed property, Bucklebury Manor, in the county.

And the Queen has spent much of the pandemic at Windsor Castle.

Sophie and Prince Edward's Bagshot Park residence is also in Berkshire.

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