Prince George is someone in a unique set of circumstances for more reasons than one.
Not only is he a member of an unbroken chain of monarchy that stretches back almost 1000 years, but his entire life has already been mapped out for him.
While Prince George is still only eight years old and a student at Thomas’s School in Battersea, south-west London, he will likely have very few worries about what the future has in store.
But he is already being influenced by everything – From his parents to his grandfather to his great-grandmother and even by his school.
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Prince George will one day join the likes of his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth and historic monarchs such as King George III and Queen Victoria and become the King.
But before that day comes, he will be a senior royal whose duty will be to support individuals and charities from all walks of life in the UK and around the world.
In terms of a formal education, Prince George will have lessons similar to those that his father and great-grandmother had.
During his school days at Eton College, Prince William used to walk up the hill and come for tea with the Queen where he was prepped for his future as the king.
Royal Expert Robert Lacey explained: “There has always been a special closeness between William and the Queen, and she has taken a particular interest in him.”
“When William became a teenager, she would have him at Windsor Castle and would open the state boxes and guide him through the papers. It was William’s constitutional education.”
The Queen on the other hand had different schooling. It is said that she had an “aptitude for learning”, but has never taken an academic exam in her life.
She was instead educated in weekly lessons in the rules of constitutional monarchy by the vice provost of Eton College, Henry Marten.
In preparation for his life of public service, he will be given special lessons in everything from his duties to the constitution, but it seems that his school is already giving him the perfect grounding to learn about leadership and giving back.
The Thomas’s School motto is ‘Be Kind’ and they pride themselves on teaching their students ten special values.
These values are: kindness, courtesy, honesty, respect, perseverance, independence, confidence, leadership, humility and being givers, not takers.
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Their website explains that they want their students “To be prepared to stand out from the crowd; to be the first to respond to someone in need; to stand up for what they believe to be right; to challenge what they know to be wrong; to risk making an unpopular decision, if they believe it to be for the greater good; to earn the trust and respect of others.”
Another element of royal life that Prince George will be expected to throw himself into wholeheartedly is supporting charities by acting as their patron or president.
His family have all got this down to a fine art. George’s grandfather, Prince Charles, has worked with the Prince’s Trust for five decades which has supported hundreds of young people.
Whereas, his father Prince William is a huge advocate for mental health organisations, and supports homelessness charities such as CentrePoint.
Again, the ethos of Thomas’s School will prepare Prince George for what is expected of him.
The school set up the Thomas’s Foundation in 2018 and it offers foundation bursaries, community partnerships and educational opportunities for students in Nepal.
In a similar way that Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale offers better education for children in third world countries, perhaps Thomas’s CAIRN foundation will inspire Prince George to do something similar.
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