Kate Middleton and Prince William face security backlash at Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' new school

Parents at Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' new school are worried about the increased security needed to keep the children safe

George, nine, Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Louis are enrolled at Lambrook School near Ascot, Berks
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Parents at the school where Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have been enrolled are worried about royal security ruining the schools 'vibe'. 

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have faced many changes this year. As well as stepping into public life more so than ever, Prince William and Kate Middleton have moved their family to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor. 

The move means that the royal siblings have transferred schools and are now set to start at Lambrook School near Ascot next month. 

George and Charlotte will attend the prep school, while the youngest sibling, Louis, will go to pre-prep.

Lambrook boasts a whopping 52 acres on educational space and is considered one of the country’s best co-ed preps. Two of Queen Victoria’s grandsons were among its first pupils and other alumni include Stormbreaker star Alex Pettyfer, poet Lord Alfred Douglas and Majestic Wine founder Giles Clarke.

Despite the school's long history of enrolling royals, they are now facing backlash from parents over the increased security needed to accommodate the royals. Many existing pupils' parents fear that the measures needed to keep the royals safe will disrupt the relaxed atmosphere that their children enjoy while learning.

In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Mirror, one mum said, "A lot of parents are p***ed off.

“They’re worried the feel and atmosphere of the school will change with all the security. Many of us worry things, like the carol service, will now become more formal and won’t be the sweet, laid-back affair they usually are.”

The concerned mum added, “Parents are picturing armed police in trees and in the corridors – they don’t want their kids witnessing it.

“There are no electric gates, but that may change with the royal kids coming. It’ll no longer be so easy to come and go. It’s certainly not the same school and vibe we signed the kids up for, and most parents I’ve spoken to feel the same.”

No plans for increased security or changes to Lambrook school have been announced, but it is understood that George and Charlotte had discreet protection from armed royal officers while at their previous school, Thomas’s Battersea, in South West London.

Lambrook school has previously been subject to security scares that perhaps justify increasing security for the royal siblings. In June 2018, a man pleaded guilty to plotting terror attacks that included targeting the primary and, as The Mirror reports, a woman caused a major security scare in 2017 after revealing she was able to stroll in after the gate and a main entrance door were left open.

The Mirror has invited the school to comment.

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is a news writer for Goodtoknow, specialising in family content. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.