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Why Prince William's first day of nursery school was one for the history books

British Royals Diana, Princess of Wales, and her husband, Charles, Prince of Wales, and their son, Prince William at Mrs Mynor's Nursery School in Chepstow Villas, Notting Hill, London, England, 24th September 1985. It is Prince Williams' first day at Mrs Mynors' nursery school. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince William made history on his first day of nursery school. (Getty Images)

Season six of The Crown is nearly here, and the final episodes are set to cover some of the British Royal Family’s biggest and most shocking moments from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

Covering everything from Princess Diana’s death to Prince William meeting Catherine, Princess of Wales at St Andrews University, Netflix’s blockbuster series will cover some of history’s biggest talking points when it drops on 16 November.

Yet, following on from season five - which detailed the breakdown of Diana’s marriage to the now King Charles III - we can’t help but notice that one history-making detail was missed: Prince William’s first day of preschool.

In 1985, when William was just three years old, he became the first member of the Royal Family to attend nursery outside of the palace walls.

On his first day of preschool, the young prince arrived at Mrs. Mynors' Nursery School just after 9.30am in the morning to dozens of photographers and reporters waiting for his photocall with his mum and dad.

Diana, The Princess of Wales looks on as Mrs. Jane Mynors greets Prince William at the Victorian terrace house on his first day at Jane Mynors nursery school in London   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Princess Diana was said to have influence the school Prince William went to. (Getty Images)

It has been reported that Diana had some influence on William attending school outside of the Buckingham Palace grounds. Before she married into the Firm, she was a nursery assistant at the Young England Kindergarten school in Pimlico - a school that taught using the Montessori method.

It seems the preference for Montessori teaching - a method that allows children to develop more hands-on skills - was favoured by William and he enlisted Prince George at Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk when the second-in-line to the throne was younger.

A decade after William’s toddler photocall, the now Prince of Wales also became the first senior family member to be sent to Eton College in Windsor, a stark difference from Gordonstoun, the Scottish school both King Charles and his father, the late Prince Philip attended.

BRACKNELL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School, near Ascot on September 7, 2022 in Bracknell, England. The family have set up home in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor's Home Park as their base after the Queen gave them permission to lease the four-bedroom Grade II listed home. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte began at Lambrook School in Windsor last year. (Getty Images)

It appears that Prince George may be about to follow in his father's footsteps once again after the family moved to Adelaide Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle last year and sent George, along with his younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, to Lambrook School in Windsor.

It will likely be a few years before 10-year-old George begins studies at Eton however, as he will need to be 13 before he can go.

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