Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Princess Charlotte to learn French in first few weeks of school | Royal | News

The young royal will join reception at Thomas’s Battersea on September 5, the school her brother already attends. She will be trying to compete with her father Prince William’s lingiuistic skills, who can speak French and was heard speaking the language after a speech in Quebec in 2011. Simon O’Malley, headteacher at the school, said: “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea.

“We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”

The school’s website says: “In a rich language environment children are encouraged to speak and listen in a range of situations; they communicate as they investigate and problem solve; they develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves and extend their social skills.

“Teachers model rich language and encourage children to express their thoughts and ideas through conversation.

“Children also take part in a specialist taught French lesson once a week where they are given a wonderful introduction to the language.”

The Queen is widely known for being the most well-travelled monarch in British history and speaks French fluently.

French is spoken as an official language in 29 countries and it has come in particular use during her trips to France and Canada.

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Between them, the father and son spoke five languages: Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese.

William’s wife Kate Middleton speaks Italian, after spending three months in Italy on her gap year.

Whilst in Year Two, George and his fellow students will learn a range of subjects including literacy, numeracy, science, swimming and music.

Prince George is known to be “very protective” of Charlotte and will help his sister to adjust to her new life at the £6,000 a term school.

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