Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced the nursery school Prince George is to attend alongside the release of a new picture of their family.
Prince George, 2, will go to the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk from January.
A nursery spokesman said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery.”
The nursery is close to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home, Anmer Hall.
The nursery said Prince George would “get the same special experience as all of our children”.
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The new picture shows the duke and duchess with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the garden at Kensington Palace. It was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf.
Kensington Palace said that the royal couple were “very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four” and “hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year”.
The early learning at the Westacre Montessori School was rated good by Ofsted after an inspection in June 2015. It costs £5.50 an hour or £33 a day to attend the nursery.
The school follows the principles of an Italian doctor called Maria Montessori who developed a new approach to teaching in the early 20th Century, in which children take responsibility for their own learning.
Prince William was the first senior royal to go to nursery and not start his education in a palace.
Kensington Palace has issued an appeal to world media not to publish unauthorized images of Prince George as paparazzi harassment of the third in line to the UK throne has increased and photographers’ tactics are becoming increasingly dangerous.
Some paparazzi had gone to “extreme lengths” to take pictures and “a line has been crossed”, the palace said.
It wants to “inform discussion” on unauthorized photography of children.
The Kensington Palace said a small number of media organizations, mostly in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US, had published photos of two-year-old Prince George in “unacceptable circumstances”.
However, it said the “vast majority”, and all UK publications, had refused.
The palace says in recent months, photographers have:
Used long range lenses to photograph Kate Middleton playing with her son in private parks
Monitored the movements of Prince George and his nanny around London parks, as well as the movements of other household staff
Photographed the children of private individuals visiting Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home
Pursued cars leaving family homes
Used other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds
Hidden on private property in fields and woodland locations around Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Norfolk home
Obscured themselves in sand dunes on a rural beach to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother
Placed locations near the home of Kate Middleton’s parents in Berkshire under steady surveillance
The palace said the most recent incident, which was last week, involved a photographer who was discovered by police lying down in the boot of a rented car attempting to shoot photos outside a children’s play area.
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Kensington Palace tweeted: “The Duke and Duchess want to extend their thanks for the kind and supportive messages they have received in recent months.
“They have been delighted to share photos of their children and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead.
“Yet undercover paparazzi continue to pursue their children, selling images of Prince George to international publications.”
In the published letter, Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf said Prince George had become the paparazzi’s “number one target”.
He said: “It is of course upsetting that such tactics – reminiscent as they are of past surveillance by groups intent on doing more than capturing images – are being deployed to profit from the image of a two-year-old boy.
“In a heightened security environment such tactics are a risk to all involved.
“The worry is that it will not always be possible to quickly distinguish between someone taking photos and someone intending to do more immediate harm.”
Jason Knauf said Prince William and Kate Middleton wanted Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte “to be free to play in public and semi-public spaces with other children without being photographed”.
They want to give their children a childhood that is “free from harassment and surveillance”, he said.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The covert actions of photographers have at times caused concerns during police protection operations when they have been considered a possible security threat.
“Photographers are potentially putting themselves at risk from armed intervention where our armed officers perceive a risk to the personal safety of their principal, the public and themselves.”
Prince George has joined Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for an RAF flypast to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
It was Prince George’s first balcony appearance, which traditionally follows the Trooping the Colour.
It is also the first time Queen Elizabeth has been seen at her birthday celebrations with her heir and heirs apparent.
More than 1,000 soldiers took part in the traditional display of army drill, music and horsemanship.
Twenty three-month old Prince George waved as the Red Arrows took part in a flypast that was largely reduced because of poor weather.
Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh earlier travelled by carriage from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade where the parade took place.
Kate Middleton, meanwhile, made her first public appearance since she left hospital following the birth of Princess Charlotte.
Prince George was earlier pictured in a palace window, from where he appeared to be enjoying the pageantry.
There was no sign of Princess Charlotte but other guests at the event included UK’s PM David Cameron and his wife Samantha.
It is the 63rd time Queen Elizabeth has attended a birthday parade, a record unmatched by any monarch.
Joined by other senior royals, the Queen inspected 1,100 soldiers of the Household Division at Horse Guards Parade.
Earlier, the Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards; the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals; and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, rode on horseback in the procession to Horse Guards.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry, meanwhile, travelled together to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage.
The Duke of York rode in a carriage with his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were in the final coach.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are away representing the Queen at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to former reality star Sofia Hellqvist.
The procession was accompanied by a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.
The Color paraded on Horse Guards this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.
The Prince of Wales Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, trooped the Queen’s Color presented to them by the monarch at Windsor Castle in April.
The Household Division Bands and Corps of Drums also took part, as are the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
Kensington Palace has released the first official photo of Princess Charlotte with her older brother, Prince George.
The palace tweeted the image of the royal siblings on June 6, having earlier described it as “very special”.
The picture is the first of four photos of Princess Charlotte that will be released Saturday, June 6. The candid shots were taken by the princess’ mother, Kate Middleton, who has a reputation as a “keen photographer,” at Anmer Hall, the family’s home in Norfolk.
On June 5, Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte would be christened on July 5 by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Princess Charlotte’s christening will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child was born on May 2 at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Princess Charlotte is the fourth in line to the UK’s throne and her full name has been registered as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.
Norfolk Police is distributing letters warning the media not to harass Prince William and Kate Middleton and their family after the royal couple returned to Anmer Hall, their home on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, with newborn Princess Charlotte on May 6.
The letter asks photographers respect Prince William and Kate Middleton’s privacy after “a number of intrusions” by people with long lenses.
It says it hopes “acts of harassment and breaches of privacy” cease.
Norfolk Police confirmed it was distributing letters on behalf of the royal couple.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been staying at Kensington Palace since the birth of Princess Charlotte on May 2 but travelled to Norfolk on May 6.
The three-paragraph letter from the royal couple’s communications secretary is being distributed outside Sandringham by Norfolk Police.
The letter says members of the Royal Family and their guests “have a more than reasonable expectation of privacy” while in the private estate.
“There have in the past been a number of intrusions into the privacy of the Royal Family which in the main have been as a result of professional photographers using long-distance lenses, not only to observe the Royal Family, but also to photograph them going about their activities on the estate,” the letter says, adding that previous warnings given to photographers had helped the situation.
“The Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention.”
Anmer Hall, a Georgian mansion, is about 2 miles east of the Queen’s residence and dates back to about 1800, although some parts are much older.
It has recently been refurbished and now boasts a new kitchen and roof.
A garden room and quarters for the family’s full-time nanny – who will also care for 21-month-old Prince George – was also created during the improvements.
The majority of the work at Anmer Hall was paid for by the Royal Family from private funds.
Princess Charlotte and her parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, have left Kensinton Palace for their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
They will spend the first few weeks of Princess Charlotte’s life at their recently-refurbished Georgian mansion.
Prince William is beginning two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.
Queen Elizabeth II first met her new great-granddaughter this week when she visited Kensington Palace.
Princess Charlotte’s brother, 21-month-old Prince George, was with Prince William and Kate Middelton for the journey to Anmer Hall, where the couple will adjust to life with two young children.
Kate Middleton and Prince William are expected to be based at Anmer Hall – on the Queen’s Sandringham estate – for the next few years as they raise Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who is almost two, with the help of a full-time nanny.
The couple recently undertook major renovations of the mansion, including a new roof and kitchen and the creation of a garden room and quarters for the nanny.
The majority of the renovation costs were paid for by the Royal Family from private funds.
Princess Charlotte was born on May 2nd at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Gun salutes took place in London on Monday, May 4th to mark the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out in a procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, to sound 41 shots in Hyde Park.
At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company left their Armoury House barracks in the City of London to fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday, May 2nd, in the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals were told of the baby’s name before the announcement was made public.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said on May 3rd: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.”
The name of the newborn princess – second child of Prince William and Kate Middleton and sister to Prince George – will not be announced on Sunday, May 3rd.
The princess, who is fourth in line to the British throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on May 2nd at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).
Bookmakers say Charlotte and Alice have emerged as the favorite names for the princess, followed by Olivia, Victoria and Elizabeth.
Royal baby names in Britain’s history:
Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, has a long royal pedigree and became popular in the 18th century when it was the name of George III’s queen.
The King bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a family home close to St James’s Palace – it became known as the Queen’s House and is now Buckingham Palace.
Charles is the name of two former Kings and of the Prince of Wales, the princess’s grandfather.
Charlotte also has a connection on Kate Middleton’s side, as the middle name of her sister Pippa Middleton.
Alice, the previous bookmakers’ favorite, was the name of Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg and of his great-grandmother, who was the third child of Queen Victoria.
During the First World War, his mother’s family changed Battenberg, the family name, to Mountbatten – the name which the Duke of Edinburgh adopted when he became a naturalized British subject in 1947.
Other royal Alices include Queen Elizabeth II’s aunt by marriage, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and one of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.
Olivia has no immediately apparent royal connections, it was the second most popular girls’ name for babies born in England and Wales in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Victoria and Elizabeth are arguably the most famous female names in British royal history – with Queen Victoria the longest reigning monarch, and the present Queen Elizabeth II set to surpass her record on September 9, 2015.
The Queen Mother was also called Elizabeth, and it is the middle name of Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton.
Queen Victoria is associated with Britain’s great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and, particularly, empire.
While the 45-year reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, the daughter of Henry VIII and the last Tudor monarch, is considered one of the most glorious in English history, including the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the first works of Shakespeare.