The royal dad made the comments during a visit to a London hospital that his mother Princess Diana supported

By Simon Perry
May 17, 2016 12:30 PM

The end of the school year is fast approaching, but Prince William says he and wife Kate are already thinking ahead to the coming year for Prince George, who turns 3 in July.

The royal dad spoke to patients on Tuesday as he opened a pioneering new breast cancer research center at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

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He met with women benefitting from the research carried out there including Kathryn England, who told him about her grandchildren and asked him how his children were.

“He said his household is very noisy at the moment,” says Kathryn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015.

“He said he was looking at schools. I suppose for George he would be.”

George turns 3 on July 22, but because he will be one of the youngest in his school year he will start school the September after he turns 4 in 2017.

Prince George
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It is not known whether William and Kate want to send their children to school in Norfolk or London, but George’s preschool, Westacre Montessori, is near their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall.

Many royal watchers assume that George will follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle Prince Harry, both of whom attended Wetherby Pre-Prepatory School in London. (William was 4 when he started, Harry closer to age 5.) At age 8 William – like many boys in his peer group – headed to boarding school at Ludgrove Prep, a path George’s parents may also choose for him.

William became President of the Royal Marsden in 2007, taking over the presidency from his mother Princess Diana, who held the role from 1989 until her death in 1997.

Diana was a huge supporter of the Royal Marsden during her lifetime and was often photographed there for the cause so close to her heart.

Since taking up the mantle, William has also visited regularly both publicly and privately and notably watched two live operations there in 2013.

The prince was joined by Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky Lauren to tour the center named after the fashion designer following his generous donation.

The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research (RLCBCR) provides a world-class facility for breast cancer research, staffed by internationally renowned clinicians and scientists working with the latest in cancer research technology.

Lauren said it was “wonderful” to see the center open. He joked about showing William around, “He goes wherever I go, I go wherever he goes, I follow him.

“It was nice to see him again, nice to be here and see the patients.”

The fashion designer told reporters about funding breast cancer research, “A good friend of mine in America had breast cancer. She said, ‘I haven’t got any support from anyone.’ And I said, ‘I’m going to help you.’ She didn’t make it, but I got hooked into really feeling very strongly about breast cancer.”

Lauren also told The Telegraph, “Having known Princess Diana and how much she cared about the important research pioneered by The Royal Marsden, I am uniquely honored to partner with her son HRH The Duke of Cambridge and see that work carried on.”

The new $5.6 million center incorporates four strands of pioneering breast cancer research that will draw upon new technological advances and allow much more rapid and in-depth analysis of patients’ disease.

The aim is to identify molecular differences between tumors that allow the optimal treatment of individual breast cancer patients.

By tailoring the treatment to the individual, the aim is to reduce recurrence and mortality from the disease as well as eliminating unnecessary toxicity.