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Kate's secret visit to her old school sparks speculation about Prince George's future

By Natalie Oliveri|

Prince George could break years of royal tradition by attending a co-educational school in the coming years.

A recent visit by the Princess of Wales to ?Marlborough College has sparked speculation she and Prince William are considering sending their eldest child to the institution once he reaches the appropriate age.

But if that does happen, Prince George would be parting with tradition followed by his father and grandfather, King Charles, by attending a co-ed school.

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The Princess of Wales was recently seen visiting her former school, Marlborough College, sparking rumours Prince George could enrol there. (Getty)

Catherine was recently spotted visiting ?Marlborough College, in Wiltshire, about an hour's drive from the Wales' current home in Windsor, Adelaide Cottage.

The Daily Mail's Richard Eden spoke to a Marlborough insider, who confirmed the royal's secret tour.

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"Catherine was here the other day," they said. "It's been the talk of the school."

Kensington Palace has declined to comment.

Her visit follows confirmation she will be staying in the UK next week to help Prince George prepare for his year six exams.

The three Wales children now attend Lambrook School in Windsor. (AP)

Prince William will instead travel to Singapore alone to attend the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony, and other climate-related events.

Marlborough College is a public school for pupils aged 13 to 18, founded in 1843.

Kate was a student there from 1996 until 2000, where she obtained her A-Levels in Maths, Art and English. She was also captain of the women's field hockey team.

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If Prince George did attend the school, he could one day be joined by his siblings Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louise, five.

The three children currently enrolled at Lambrook School, close to their home.

They enrolled in September 2022, all ?attending the same school together for the first time.

Prince George will be moving schools in the coming years. (AP)

As for Marlborough College, ?it does have a prestigious list of previous students.

Kate's sister Pippa and her brother James were past students there, as was Princess Eugenie.

Fees for boarding school are approximately ?46,995 per year (around $90,000 AUD).

But it appears Prince William and Kate are keeping their options open, with the royal couple previously visiting Eton College in Windsor.

Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry at Eton College. (WireImage)

It was widely thought Prince George would attend Eton, following in the footsteps of Prince William and his uncle Prince Harry.

?Although Eton College students are between the ages of 13 and 18, they must be registered before June 30 of the school year the boy turns 10.

Prince George celebrated his 10th birthday in July.?

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Eton College is much closer to the Wales' family home, about a 15 minute walk away.

When Prince William was enrolled there, he used to pop across to Windsor Castle to have tea with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, including crucial lessons preparing him for his eventual role as monarch.

Eton, which was founded in 1440, is also the alma mater of ?several British prime ministers.

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