How Princess Charlotte’s RECENT choice shows she could be heading for role like Princess Diana

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How Princess Charlotte’s RECENT choice shows she could be heading for role like Princess Diana

PRINCESS Charlotte will attend Willcocks Nursery School in London next year in a move that clearly shows Kate and William want the young royal to be kind and caring.

The nursery in Kensington, west London, said it was “delighted” Kate and William had chosen them for their two-year-old daughter to attend in January.

Kensington Palace confirmed the news, tweeting: “Their Royal Highnesses have also announced this morning that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018.

“The Willcocks Nursery School has said: “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte.

“We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”

Princess Charlotte nursery emphasises kindness and gentle approach Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Charlotte nursery emphasises kindness and gentle approach Photo (C) GETTY

The nursery costs £14,550 a year for full time – without the additional lunch club.

Featuring highly on Tatler’s best nurseries list, the school is described as a “hidden gem”.

One mother describes the nursery as “gentle, which is what you want for young ones”.

Another parent, Mrs Standard, said: “The Willcocks Nursery School where only the kindest and most encouraging teachers make every day quite wonderful so that by the time goodbyes are said your children hardly realise they’ve become almost grown up and the most well behaved, caring, sharing and cheerful children you could ever hope to find.”

And the Tatler review reads: “Kindness is evident everywhere, plus the nursery is a cooperative, so you know staff are in it for the long haul.”

Prince William has previously described Charlotte’s sweet nature and kindness Photo (C) GETTY
Prince William has previously described Charlotte’s sweet nature and kindness Photo (C) GETTY

The school, founded in 1964 and based in the church hall of Holy Trinity Church in Kensington, is owned and run by the Headmistress Lavinia Taylor and her fellow teachers, Louise Ward, Sarah Walker, Rosa Rego Dias and Jennifer Robbins.

The Willcocks Nursery describes itself as a traditional nursery school with an all-female staff which “strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners”.

Princess Charlotte will be at first be invited to attend a short “stay and play” session with her parents, according to the nursery’s website.

The Royal couple will then be asked to leave to see if their daughter, who will be encouraged to bring a photograph or toy from home, “is happy to be left”.

We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte.
Willcocks Nursery School

Rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the report read: “Children engage in meaningful conversations with each other and staff.

The landmark day was captured by the prince's proud parents Photo (C) PA
The landmark day was captured by the prince’s proud parents Photo (C) PA

“They enjoy story times and benefit from visits to the nursery from a librarian.

“Staff also encourage children’s interest in literature through the provision of a broad range of books and introduction to poetry.

“Children show excellent writing skills and enjoy the key group sessions where they practice their drawing and writing skills together.

“The learning environment is rich in written text of words and numbers and displays of children’s art work.”

The school is a far cry from the choice for Prince George, suggesting the royal household is already planning for different roles for the brother and sister, even so early in their lives.

The Norfolk day care Prince George attended is a Montessori, which prides itself on growing a pupil’s independence, toughening William and Kate’s oldest royal baby up for the weight of the role he will play in his adult life.

Princess Charlotte does have a feisty side according to Kate Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Charlotte does have a feisty side according to Kate Photo (C) GETTY

With Charlotte’s school focussing on more sensitive values, it could suggest the second royal baby could move into more empathetic role, much like her grandmother Princess Diana.

Prince William has previously described Charlotte’s sweet nature and kindness.

During a royal visit in October 2015, Professor Christopher Dobson said that Prince William “talked a little bit about the children, and he did make a couple of comments about their different temperaments”.

He added: “He said George is very lively and Charlotte is very lady-like. He said they were both delightful, of course.”

And Prince George “rules the roost” according to his dad.

Princess Charlotte will be taught by an all-female team Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Charlotte will be taught by an all-female team Photo (C) GETTY

In February 2016, Prince William said: “Charlotte is very easy, she is sweet – but all the fathers say to me, ‘just you wait, when they get to nine or 11 they get crazy’.

“I’m looking forward to it. There will be some drama.”

The school has a timetable full of singing and dancing, which will suit Princess Charlotte who “already loves to dance” according to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince George’s Westacre Montessori nursery wa cheaper than many London nurseries costing £33 per day, or just £5.50 an hour. It is located in the village of East Walton, a 10-mile, 20-minute drive from Anmer where the family lived in the Duke and Duchess’ first years of married life.

Ms James said the Duchess was moving out of the ''royal newbie' category' Photo (C) GETT
Ms James said the Duchess was moving out of the ”royal newbie’ category’ Photo (C) GETT

Asked about their choice of nursery today, a royal source said: “They felt this was ideal as a first step for Prince George’s early education. And the location makes sense given the Duke’s role while he’s flying.”

The nursery, based in an old chapel, caters for up to 20 children.

It says it has an open door policy but is showing no vacancies at the moment.

Earlier this year, Princess Charlotte’s brother Prince George started at Thomas’s Battersea, an £18,000-a-year prep school.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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