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Prince George: from country bumpkin to city slicker

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Ainhoa Barcelona
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Prince George is gearing up for a mini adventure. Two thousand and seventeen will be filled with a lot of change for the young Prince, who is not only moving to London, but also starting at a pre-preparatory school in September. George will settle into his new city life with his younger sister Princess Charlotte and his parents Prince William and Kate, and no doubt make lots of new friends. So what exactly is in store for George's milestone year?

The three-year-old and his family are expected to relocate to London over the summer, before the start of the school year. George is tipped to follow in his dad's footsteps by enrolling at the £6,865-a-term Wetherby School, a stone's throw from Kensington Palace. His father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry both attended the pre-preparatory school in Notting Hill, so it seems an obvious choice. Ken Wharfe, who was Prince William's bodyguard when he started at Wetherby, told HELLO! magazine: "They were certainly very happy times for William and of course his brother."

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Prince George is moving to London this year

George's first day won't go unnoticed by royal watchers, who are hoping that Prince William and Kate will release a photograph of their son to document the day, just as they did when George started nursery in 2016. The Queen's great-grandson is currently attending the Westacre Montessori School in the village of East Walton in Norfolk. Following the Montessori teaching method, classes are made up of children of mixed ages, up to five years old, and youngsters are encouraged to learn through play and experimentation, rather than formal instruction.

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Prince Harry and Prince William both attended Wetherby School

The teaching method has likely suited George, who has been described as a cheeky "little monkey" by his dad William, and put him in good stead for his move to his new school. The sociable little Prince will make lots of new friends, and also be able to spend more time with his London-based family. His uncle Prince Harry, who adores his niece and nephew, is also based in Kensington Palace in Nottingham Cottage, while Kate's siblings James and Pippa Middleton also live in the city. And while George loved to take trips to the petting zoos and playgrounds near his country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, he'll have an abundance of green space to choose from in the city.

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The Cambridges will use Kensington Palace as their base

George and his younger sister Charlotte will be able to play in the extensive palace grounds of their new home, their ten-bedroom mansion, Apartment 1A, in Kensington Palace. The Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground is also nearby. In anticipation of their city move, a team of gardeners have planted native conifer trees alongside Kensington Palace so that William and Kate's home, and their children, will be shielded from prying eyes. Nevertheless, royal watchers are looking forward to having the Cambridges back in the city, and seeing how this year shapes up for little George.

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