LIKE millions of parents around the country, Kate Middleton will be getting ready for her kids to start back at school after the summer holidays.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is said to have a “hands on” approach when it comes to looking after George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three – and has begun the preparations.
A royal source said: “Because of who they are, William and Kate have had to be highly organised parents.
“But as parents, Wills and Kate have developed this brilliant knack of letting as much as they can seem spontaneous and that’s how the children see it.”
Here’s how they are getting their three children ready for term beginning…
New school uniforms
Like many parents, Kate’s kids will need to make sure they are kitted out in correctly-fitting uniforms for their lessons.
Charlotte and George both attend the £17k-a-year Thomas’s Battersea, which has a smart navy uniform.
Meanwhile, Louis goes to Willcocks Nursery School, and it is likely he will join his brother and sister’s school in September 2022 at the age of four.
The insider continued: “George has grown quite a lot over the summer and so a new order will likely go into Perry’s, the Knightsbridge school outfitters, for some larger items as he’s gone up a size.”
Encouraging school friendships
The source added that “all the children are popular at school and have lots of friends, in London and also near Anmer.”
They added: “There’s never a shortage of friends around for tea. Kate and William insist on no special treatment for any of them.
“George might be a future king but for now he’s just another little boy.
“They are always at great pains to make sure the three of them have as normal a childhood as possible.”
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Helping them develop good manners
The royal insider said Kate in particular is very hot on manners.
They added: “Table manners, thank you letters, little courtesies are being drilled into the children so they become automatic.
“If George has been naughty, and he has been on occasion, Kate and William are good at explaining to him the rights and wrongs of what’s happened”.
Developing relationships with staff
Kate is said to be “keen on supportive networks” and wants to maintain a good relationship with other school mums and teaching staff.
The source added: “She comes from a supportive family so she’s very keen on family networks and networks of friends and organisations.
“As parents they are also very good at rolling up their sleeves and helping out with school events; sports days, fundraisers and that sort of thing.
“They try to be just like normal parents with normal parenting challenges.
“No-one ever jumps the queue for anything. They just try to fit in.
“Kate and William are also very, very supportive of the staff.”
In the past, Kate has even snuck into drinks with other mums from the school at the pub.
Encouraging them to stay creative
In order to keep George, Charlotte and Louis creative, Kate is said to be “encouraging both George and Charlotte to write, sketch, photograph and paint weekly journals.”
The source added that these are “admired and encouraged by Prince Charles and the Middleton family.”
Meanwhile, the kids get up to lots of cooking in the kitchen.
According to the insider: “New skills are constantly being learnt, lots of cooking being done by all the three children, followed by lots of mess and much laughter.”
When Kate was making food for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke’s Community Centre in 2018, she said: “I’ve done that with George and Charlotte—making pizza dough.
“They love it because they can get their hands messy.”
Getting them ready to be ‘normal’ pupils
Prince George’s full title is His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge – but this isn;t how he is known at school.
For schooling purposes, as the royal family doesn’t have a traditional last name, he uses George Cambridge.
Princess Charlotte is also known without her title as “Charlotte Cambridge”, for her schooling.
Meanwhile, we shared the REAL reason Kate Middleton got George a nanny – after confiding in Queen about ‘parenting struggles’, expert reveals.
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Plus these are thrifty Kate Middleton’s surprisingly ‘normal’ UK summer holiday plans revealed – and they were NOT ‘luxurious.