Which UK schools did the Royal Family go to?

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Which UK schools did the Royal Family go to?

The King, Queen and the Royal Family are one of the unique aspects of the United Kingdom. In 2022 the Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee and passed away on 8 September at Balmoral Castle. Her son King Charles III was officially proclaimed King on the Saturday following the Queen’s death. The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6 May, 2023. We wanted to explain what a Jubilee and Coronation is and highlight some UK boarding schools that have been popular amongst the Royal Family.

What is a Coronation?

The coronation is the official event and physical crowning of a British monarch in front of thousands of guests. It is the formal inauguration of a monarch with their regal powers and is a grand, celebratory event in which the monarch is presented with royal ceremonial objects, such as the Crown Jewels.

The Coronation of King Charles III will be watched by millions of people across the world.

What is a Jubilee?

A jubilee is an event to celebrate the life or the reign of a monarch (a King or Queen). In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee – she had been the Queen for 70 years! Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch in British history to celebrate 70 years on the throne. This momentous occasion was celebrated across Britain with a Jubilee Weekend from the 2nd to the 5th of June.

Activities and celebrations took place across all corners of the UK including street parties, concerts, Jubilee lunches and beacon lighting. In London, thousands of people gathered to watch the official Trooping the Colour parade. Trooping the Colour starts at Buckingham Palace and involves more than 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. Find out more about the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Fun facts about the Queen

Fun facts about the King

Which boarding schools did the Royal Family go to?

If you’re thinking about coming to the UK for a boarding school education, you might be curious about which boarding schools the Royal Family have previously attended! The Queen herself didn’t actually go to school but was homeschooled throughout her childhood. However, most other members of the Royal Family have attended school in the UK. We’ve put together a list of some UK boarding schools that have proved popular amongst the Royals.

Eton College

Eton College is one of the most prestigious and well-known boarding schools in the United Kingdom. An all-boys school in Berkshire, England, Eton was the boarding school of choice for both Prince William and Prince Harry. The school has also educated 20 British Prime Ministers and a number of famous actors, such as Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

Marlborough College

Before she became the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton attended Marlborough College – a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Wiltshire, England. Marlborough College welcomes boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18. Kate is not the only member of the Royal Family who is a Marlborough former pupil. Princess Eugenie, one of the Queen’s granddaughters, attended this school too.


Gordonstoun School is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils in Moray, Scotland. The school lies within a 150-acre campus and has been a very popular choice for members of the Royal Family. The late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, attended Gordonstoun, as did his three sons – the Princes Charles, Edward and Andrew. Two of the Queen’s grandchildren, Peter and Zara Phillips, also went to Gordonstoun. This means that three generations of British Royalty were educated at the school. Gordonstoun School is less than two hours away from the Queen’s Scottish estate at Balmoral Castle.


Princess Anne, daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip, went to Benenden School – an independent school for girls in Kent, England. Princess Anne is still involved in the Benenden community and occasionally attends events in her role as President of the Benenden Society.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

One important contribution that the Royal Family has made to life at boarding school is The Duke of Edinburgh Award. What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award? It is a youth programme that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, set up in 1956.  The award is available in 130 countries as well as most UK boarding schools. The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award is a personal challenge that empowers young people to develop valuable skills, overcome obstacles and build confidence and resilience. It is a great inclusion on your CV!

Whether you want to go to a school attended by the Royal Family or not, Academic Families can help you choose the best boarding school for you.

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