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« Reply #5910 on: March 30, 2017, 05:53:49 AM »

Kate and William's choice of school for Prince George wrong foots the Royal Protection Command who expected him to follow in his father's footsteps


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?s decision to send Prince George to Thomas?s school in Battersea has wrong footed the Royal Protection Command.
Officers, anticipating George?s enrolment at William?s first school Wetherby, had completed comprehensive security checks and would have preferred the Notting Hill school for its proximity to Kensington Palace.
Accompanying George to Battersea will entail a daily hour-long round trip. Kate, however, was determined to have her way.

http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge-wrongfoots-guards.html

This is really selfish. William is sooo concerned about privacy he didn't even tell his RPO's where George was going to school, so they could have done security assessments.
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« Reply #5911 on: March 30, 2017, 06:31:22 AM »

Not surprised.

These RPOs are accomplished policemen and women and often ex-military. Don't screw with them. I admire them for what they do. As well as putting up with W&K's crap.

That's dangerous, not just idiotic and selfish of William and Kate. Can you imagine, an hour long trip for school? Jesus Christ, that's not good for George /or/ the people coming with him. God knows Kate won't be dropping him off at school!
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« Reply #5912 on: March 30, 2017, 06:38:58 AM »

Maybe he'll be boarding somewhere, such as his aunt's home, during the week so the daily trip to school will be shorter. Or maternal gran has purchased another small apt near to school to keep him at a quick transport to the site. She can take care of him M-TH until he returns home to KP on Fridays. In the meantime gran can make some more social connections with the school mums.
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« Reply #5913 on: March 30, 2017, 08:06:49 AM »

Kate, however, was determined to have her way.

http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge-wrongfoots-guards.html

This is really selfish. William is sooo concerned about privacy he didn't even tell his RPO's where George was going to school, so they could have done security assessments.

I think there's actually a bit to unpack here.

First, sounds like a great school.  I love that it is co-ed.  I like the values it espouses.  Maybe William can enrol there.

And I can admire the Cambridges' underhanded tactics.  This school was not anticipated by anyone so William and Kate could avoid all the potential clinging vines enrolling at Wetherby, hoping to be best mates with the future King.  (All bets are off for Charlotte's enrolment in 2 years' time).

It is a terrible choice in terms of school run and I wonder if they have even considered how tired a young child is when they start school.  It's a long commute for a little boy and will play havoc with his routine if he falls asleep in the car on the way home.  I suppose that is Nanny Maria's problem.

I believe Diana was very opinionated and got her own way with regard to William and Harry's education - I presume she looked at how Charles turned out and thought that perhaps some different schooling choices should be made.  I wonder if Kate has done the same thing...and was clever enough to make William think it was all his idea and that he would be so cunning, darling, to outfox all the peasants once again.

If George ends up at Eton then it matters diddly-squat where he goes to school in his early years.  He will still end up being another overprivileged toff who fancies himself as a Junior Master of the Universe.
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« Reply #5914 on: March 30, 2017, 08:27:13 AM »

I can't see George anywhere but Eton, Harrow, Stowe, blah-dee-blah. He'll go to those posh schools for posh people like himself where he'll be King of X College and feted.
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« Reply #5915 on: March 30, 2017, 09:14:09 AM »

I'm curious, here.  The kindergarten is a one hour round trip, meaning half an hour each way.  Half an hour doesn't seem like a long time in the car to me.   Is half an hour really such a long time in the car for a child George's age that it will play havoc with his routine?   
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« Reply #5916 on: March 30, 2017, 09:17:13 AM »

It's about 30 minutes each way, but considering how crazy London traffic is I can see it easily taking 45minutes to an hour even if it's only 4.5 miles away from KP. It will really screw with everyone, I think, and is so inconvenient.
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« Reply #5917 on: March 30, 2017, 10:48:17 AM »

It's about 30 minutes each way, but considering how crazy London traffic is I can see it easily taking 45minutes to an hour even if it's only 4.5 miles away from KP. It will really screw with everyone, I think, and is so inconvenient.

Yes, and the time getting ready for the  trip, waiting for the car etc. Of course he has a nanny always with him and not a tired working mum and dad, like in Sweden were both parents need to work.
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« Reply #5918 on: March 30, 2017, 11:20:55 AM »

I wonder if some parents are now thinking twice about sending their child to Thomas's ? Security can be chaos and  having to put up with Mrs Middleton doing the school run at times and endless social climbing parents might put people off - young kids need to be at a nice calm school, not one in a state of permanent mild hysteria
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« Reply #5919 on: March 30, 2017, 12:57:45 PM »

It's about 30 minutes each way, but considering how crazy London traffic is I can see it easily taking 45minutes to an hour even if it's only 4.5 miles away from KP. It will really screw with everyone, I think, and is so inconvenient.

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« Reply #5920 on: March 30, 2017, 01:55:28 PM »

It's about 30 minutes each way, but considering how crazy London traffic is I can see it easily taking 45minutes to an hour even if it's only 4.5 miles away from KP. It will really screw with everyone, I think, and is so inconvenient.

I have known many parents who have chosen a school not close to home and the kids simply adapt to the car ride. In the case of the royals, considering protection will have to follow, I'm sure all the lights will magically turn green as they approach every intersection so it will probably be only 30 minutes. I bet there's a back route too!
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« Reply #5921 on: March 30, 2017, 02:50:54 PM »

Is the school closer to any other "home" than KP?
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« Reply #5922 on: March 30, 2017, 04:34:26 PM »

It's only a 15 minute drive from James' Matthews and Pippa's Chelsea house.
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« Reply #5923 on: March 30, 2017, 04:47:14 PM »

So I guess the Middleton clan are all going there...
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« Reply #5924 on: March 30, 2017, 09:38:19 PM »

I'm curious, here.  The kindergarten is a one hour round trip, meaning half an hour each way.  Half an hour doesn't seem like a long time in the car to me.   Is half an hour really such a long time in the car for a child George's age that it will play havoc with his routine?   

Speaking as a someone whose parents drove me 45 minutes (longer in winter with snowy & icy roads) one way to school, I don't see it as a big deal.  Granted my parents are quite organized but as a child I adapted to the schedule and received a great education.

To me, the time is the less a concern than the security measures.  The fact that they seemed to indicate Wetherby (last year?) and then neglected to inform security of a possible change is just another indicator of their lack of respect for those who are working to protect them.

This line makes me  Thinking  "Whilst royals favour single-sex schooling she is co-educational through and through, remembering her unhappy time at single sex Downe House girls boarding school near Newbury. She moved to co-educational Marlborough after two terms."

Wasn't Downe House where Kate wasn't really popular so claimed bullying and switched to Marlborough where she gained some popularity with boys by mooning so much that school officials had to get involved to get her stop?   Whistle

George is very young and I think a year or two at Thomas's will be good for him.  The school sounds wonderful and I think George may get a good start not only in education but in dealing with many different children, not just boys or those of aristocratic families.

That said, we don't know how long George will remain in attendance there. Could be until he graduates from there however, it may only be a year or two.  Things happen and plans change. 
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