The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children start at Lambrook School next month as the family move to Windsor. And William is reportedly set to do the school run for George, nine, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four.
It comes as William and Kate are moving to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor’s Home Park before the school term starts.
George, Charlotte and Louis’ new school near Ascot in Berkshire is only a 20-minute drive away.
A palace source told the Sun: “The decision to move to Windsor was always about putting the children first.
“Both William and Catherine are very keen to do the school run.”
George and Charlotte have left their current school Thomas’s Battersea in London, while Louis is starting full-time education.
They will enjoy top facilities at the co-educational private school including a swimming pool, sports pitches and new £6 million academic and ICT building.
William and Kate will be spending in excess of £50,000 a year on their children’s education.
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.
The Cambridge children will be day pupils for now at the school which also offers boarding.
Kensington Palace said in a statement that the Duke and Duchess were “hugely grateful” to Thomas’s Battersea where George and Charlotte had a “happy start to their education” and were “pleased to have found a school for all three of their children which shares a similar ethos and values to Thomas’s”.
Jonathan Perry, headmaster at Lambrook, said: “We are delighted that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be joining us this coming September and very much look forward to welcoming the family, as well as all of our new pupils, to our school community.”
Ben Thomas, principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, wished George and Charlotte “every happiness and success” and thanked the pair for “upholding the school’s values and for their many contributions to school life throughout their time at Thomas’s”.
The family will live at Adelaide Cottage after the Queen gave them permission to lease the four-bedroom Grade II listed cottage, which belongs to the Crown Estate.
They will pay market value rent on the property from their own private funds, not from taxpayers’ money via the Sovereign Grant.
William and Kate will retain Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1A, which was refurbished with £4.5 million of taxpayers’ money in 2013, as their official residence and their working base, which will continue to house their office staff.
They will also keep their Norfolk country mansion Anmer Hall, which was a gift from the Queen, has a swimming pool and underwent building work at their own cost.
The downsizing to Adelaide Cottage means William and Kate’s full-time nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo will live elsewhere for the first time, as will other staff including the housekeeper and the chef.
The Duke and Duchess are seeking a life away from the goldfish bowl of their official residence in west London in a bid to put their children first and give them more freedom.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the decision had many benefits for the family.
Mr Little said: “Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace is perfect in so many ways but the duke and duchess and their children are unable to come and go as they might like or take advantage of the nearby London parks because of the ever-present privacy issues.”
He added that having all three children at the same school made sense and would remove the “nightmare” journey from Kensington Palace to Battersea twice a day.
Mr Little said: “It also means that the cost of security, always a contentious topic, is much lower than if Louis was at a different school to his siblings.”