Prince Charles and Prince William enjoy a father-son evening in Scotland

Prince Charles and Prince William enjoy a father-son evening in Scotland

Queen Elizabeth sends a message to Sierra Leone landslide victims

When it comes to choosing an education for the world's kings and queens of tomorrow, there is a definitive break with yesterday. In the not-so-distant past, the Palace hired a private tutor who was guaranteed to keep the little princes and princesses from being compromised by the people they might one day 'rule'.

Next came the exclusive boarding schools. In Britain, Prince Charles and his siblings were sent to Gordonstoun in Scotland, a 'character-building' institution once described by the Prince of Wales as “Colditz in kilts” – a reference to a WWII-era prisoner of war camp – where cold showers and strict discipline were the order of the day.

Now in this more progressive age, royal tots are being sent to an even broader range of establishments from the alternative Montessori to local public schools.

Click through to discover what school life is like for the girls and boys who will one day claim their thrones.

By Heather Galloway

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