The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Christmas fair at their children’s school over the weekend after arriving home from the US, it’s been revealed.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 40, travelled to Boston last week for a whirlwind three day tour of the city, topped off with the prestigious Earthshot prize awards on Friday night.
But after returning to the UK, the royal couple had a surprisingly low-key weekend after reuniting with Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, three, on Saturday morning.
According to The Sunday Times, they made a ‘family jaunt’ to the Christmas fair fundraiser at the children’s school, Lambrook.
The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Christmas fair at their children’s school over the weekend after arriving home from the US, it’s been revealed
The Prince and Princess of Wales enrolled their children in the independent school Lambrook in Berkshire following their move to Windsor in September.
A source said the Cambridge children were particularly excited to all be going to the same school for the first time.
‘They’re really excited about starting a new school together, and I think mum and dad are too,’ they said.
In photographs released from the family arriving, the Cambridge siblings looked confident and happy as they arrived ready for a 90-minute settling-in session for new pupils and their families.
After returning to the UK, the royal couple had a surprisingly low-key weekend after reuniting with Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, three, on Saturday morning
William called his children ‘all the gang’ as he ushered them up the steps of the large white 19th-century country mansion, while Prince George, Charlotte and Louis all said they are ‘excited’ to be starting.
However, within 48 hours the country was in mourning – but the Princess decided to stay in Windsor to support the children at school as William flew to Aberdeenshire on a RAF jet.
Days later, Kate told a wellwisher during a walkabout at Sandringham that her children were settling in to their new school.
Speaking to BBC’s Jo Black in September, an unnamed wellwisher, who was amongst the crowd standing outside the estate, said: ‘My daughter asked her how the children were doing, and Kate thanked her and said yes, they were doing well and they were being looked after at school, so that was a nice exchange.
Prince William and Kate made a ‘family jaunt’ to the Christmas fair fundraiser at the children’s school, Lambrook
Last month, it was revealed the royal children had the chance to get stuck into a very autumnal activity in their first term at the £21k-a-term prep.
Lambrook’s on-site orchard is also home to pigs, chickens and rabbits, which are available to cuddle during wellbeing walks.
The exclusive school – which is set within 52 acres of private land and only a 10 minute drive from the family’s new home – also has lambs on site as well as bee hives to encourage students to learn more about the surrounding natural landscape.
On top of this, George, Charlotte and Louis will be able to enjoy activities such as bee-keeping and scuba diving during their time at the Christian prep school, which has also been to known to host Harry Potter evenings.
Lambrook is situated within 52 private acres of land in Berkshire. Pictured: a newly developed wing of the school
Lambrook has a Diamond Jubilee performing arts studio, dance studio and sports hall, and a new £6 million Queen’s Building for ICT and academic learning.
The prospectus quoted one parent as saying: ‘It’s the most magical place for our children to spend time, and they can often be seen rosy-cheeked and perfecting handstands, throwing balls or racing to the tree stumps.’
There is school on Saturday mornings followed by an afternoon of sports fixtures for pupils in Year 5 and above which includes nine-year-old George.
Fees cost £4,389 a term for Reception to Year 2 pupils such as Louis, £6,448 per term for Years 3-4 like Charlotte, and £6,999 per term for George through Years 5-8, with an additional £1,481 per term for boarding for Y3-8.
It means William and Kate will be spending in excess of £50,000 a year on their children’s private education.
The bill amounts to £53,508 worth of fees in 2021-2022, not factoring in any potential sibling discount if available, fee increases or the cost of uniform or trips.
Boarding for the older two Cambridge children would cost an additional £8,886 a year if chosen at a later date.
Lambrook was founded in 1860 and two of Queen Victoria’s grandsons, Prince Christian Victor and Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein, attended, with Victoria travelling from Windsor Castle to watch them in plays and at cricket matches.
Other famous alumni include the actor Alex Pettyfer, the sons of wartime Prime Minister Herbert Asquith and entrepreneur Giles Clarke, who founded Majestic Wine.