Will Prince George be a Marlborough College boy?

Prince George, whose first birthday is on July 22, with mum and dad the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince George, whose first birthday is on July 22, with mum and dad the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Speculation is growing that Prince George could eventually be educated, at least partly, in Wiltshire.

When Duchess of Cambridge was 14 she withdrew from independent girls' school Downe House in Cold Ash, Berkshire, after just two terms after being bullied.

Kate started afresh at Marlborough College, where each term costs £11,030, where she went on to blossom, captaining the hockey team and doing well in her exams.

The Cambridges recently attended a child mental health conference as part of the duchess's role as patron of school-based counselling charity Place2Be and were interested in learning about issues surrounding the transition years between primary and secondary education.

They also selected anti-bullying charity Beatbullying as one of the recipients of their wedding gift donations.

George's grandfather the Prince of Wales also had a difficult time at secondary school. He was sent to Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland, following in the footsteps of the Duke of Edinburgh, but was picked on and described his days there as "a prison sentence".

Charles did admit, however, that the school instilled him with self-discipline and a sense of responsibility. It was also where Zara and Peter Phillips, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex were educated.

The exclusive £11,478-a-term boarding school Eton College is well practised at protecting royal princes and also has the advantage of being close to Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

William attended Eton for five years and it offered him a sanctuary when his parents were in the middle of an acrimonious divorce and provided stability in the difficult years that followed his mother's death.

His housemaster Dr Andrew Gailey was an important source of support. Dr Gailey's role earned him an invite to the royal wedding in 2011 and the title of Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO), an honour in the Queen's gift.

It was Dr Gailey who was cited as influencing William's university choice, having studied at St Andrews himself. In the past, the Cambridges would have been able to register George for Eton at birth, but this has been abolished for some time with candidates now taking a pre-assessment at 11 and Common Entrance exam at 13.

Prior to secondary school, William and Kate will be thinking about an elite nursery school close to home followed by a preparatory school until the age of 13.

George's name may already be on the waiting list for a chosen school, but holding the position of third-in-line to the throne and being a future monarch is likely to ensure his name jumps to the very top.

Publicity surrounding Kate's time at Marlborough College has benefited the school, which was recently able to open up a Marlborough College in Malaysia.

Kate's prep school was St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, where she returned for a visit in 2012 shortly before the announcement she was pregnant.

She joined the public school, where fees are up to £4,980 per term, in 1986 when her family returned to the UK after spending two-and-a-half years in Jordan where she attended a nursery school.

She stayed until she was 13 and was predominantly a day girl but in her later years also boarded for part of the week.

William's first experience of school was Mrs Mynor's Nursery School in west London which he joined aged three.

From the age of four the duke went to Wetherby School, also in west London, before spending five years at Ludgrove School in Berkshire.

Both William and Kate went on to achieve a 2:1 at degree level.

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