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The 2-year-old royal could be heading off to boarding school in just six years

By Simon Perry
Updated January 13, 2016 12:15 PM
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He may have only just started preschool, but, as heir to the throne, much of Prince George‘s life has already been mapped out – and that includes his schooling.

If he follows in his father Prince William‘s foosteps, that could mean heading off to boarding school in just six years – as young as age 8.

That’s when William started at Ludgrove Prep, the all-boys’ school in Berkshire. It was there that William met some of his most enduring friends, including Tom van Straubenzee – a godparent to 8-month-old Princess Charlotte.

For preschool, William went to Mrs. Mynors’ in Notting Hill, London, which – like the Westacre school in rural Norfolk that George attends, follows the Montessori method.

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In 1987, William, then 4, headed to Wetherby Pre-Prep, in London, where he wore the traditional uniform of a gray blazer with red piping and a little cap. He was later joined by his brother Prince Harry, who was around 5 years old when he had his first day in 1989.

But those close to the family point out that William, 33, and wife Kate, 34, may have other plans, as they certainly like to do things their own way.

The couple may have ear-marked a rural Norfolk school for George’s elementary school years.

And the departure from the past has its precedence. William was 13 when he moved up to Eton College, a choice of school inspired by his mother Princess Diana and supported by dad Prince Charles, who disliked his time at Gordonstoun in Scotland.

For more about Prince George’s first days at school, see PEOPLE’s latest issue, on newsstands Friday