Kate Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, 37. She is a full-time member of the Royal Family and will often follow royal traditions. However, there is one thing Kate could avoid doing altogether.
However, the Duchess could make a surprising choice when it comes to the education of Prince George.
Royal fans may assume George would attend Eton, like royals before him, however Kate may actually choose another option.
A source told Daily Mail: “William and Catherine surprised many with their choice of Thomas’s Battersea for George over more traditional royal schools, but picked it because they felt it was the right fit for him.
“They are very keen to allow George to spread his wings as a child and won’t ever do what people expect them to do when it comes to their children.”
Both Kate and William had a privileged upbringing and were educated at private school.
Prince William attended Eton while Kate was educated at St Andrew’s School, Downe House School and Marlborough College.
The source revealed the couple had discussed sending George to Marlborough, which costs £12,605 a term.
This is slightly cheaper than Eton, which costs a pricey £14,167.
“Kate is also commended for following Diana’s hands-on parenting style,” she added.
“She also took George as a baby travelling for royal duties rather than leaving him at home with the nanny.
“ Kate generally seems to be commended as a great and inspirational mum – she promotes that children deserve time, attention and love from their parents, advocates that children should speak about their feelings, be taught kindness, respect and honesty and greatly values the importance of hugs.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.