Princess Diana broke this royal tradition when son Prince William was aged 3 and he’s followed suit with his own kids

The late Princess Diana ripped up the royal rule book when Prince William was aged 3

Princess Diana split layout with one of Prince William and Princess Diana on his first day at nursery
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Princess Diana with the help of her three-year-old son Prince William broke this royal tradition for a controversial reason but it has paved the way for other royal youngsters ever since.

The late Princess Diana was mum to sons Prince William and Prince Harry, and though she died in 1997 following a car crash, she did manage to make some changes to the traditions royal children like her sons faced.

For any parent, choosing the best nursery or finding out when primary school places are announced, or when to apply for secondary school can be a worrying time.

But Diana wasted no time in raising her first-born son Prince William the way she wanted by choosing to go against previous royal traditions of children starting their education in the royal palace - instead sending her son to Mrs Jane Mynor's nursery school at the age of three before he attended Wetherby Prep School two years later.

As a result, Prince William became the first British royal heir in the royal line of succession, not to start his education in the royal palace.

Princess Diana, Prince William, Prince Charles and Mrs Jane Mynor on his first day at nursery

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Prince William attended the nursery, located outside the palace walls in Chepstow Villas, Notting Hill, on 24th September 1985.

He stepped into the nursery school leaving his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana behind him.

The National reported that CBC's Patrick Brown said at the time, "Not everyone's mom and dad get curtsies from the teacher on the first day of school".

"But then, not everyone is second in line to the throne."

His first day at nursery was also documented, with reports claiming, "Prince William took his lunch box, his finger puppet, his sweater, and his royal detective back home to the palace for tea," said Mr. Brown, describing what was a typical end of school day for a three-year-old.

Since then, Prince Harry attended nursery outside the palace too. And now Prince William is married to Kate Middleton with three children of their own, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, who all attended a non-royal nursery outside the palace just like their dad.

Prince George attended West Acre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk back in 2016 while Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis later attended Willcocks Nursery School in West London when they were old enough.

Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Charles taking William to nursery

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In other royal news, King Charles reveals his hopes that granddaughter Princess Charlotte will ‘look after him’ when he is ‘very old’ and Meghan Markle’s powerful message to daughter Lilibet before she was born - and it flips fairytales on their head.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.