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Dutch and Spanish princesses head to Wales to begin new curriculum

Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, the second child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, and Princess Leonor of Spain, the elder daughter of King Felipe and Queen Letizia, have headed off to Wales to begin their two-year programme at the UWC Atlantic College.

The second in line to the Dutch throne and the future Queen of Spain are following in the footsteps of Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant – heir to the Belgian throne – who attended the school and graduated with her international baccalaureate in 2020.

Alexia’s father, Willem-Alexander, also attended the school during his time as a student.

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The Royal House of the Netherlands shared a photo of Princess Alexia outside the family’s home Huis ten Bosch Palace, as she prepared to leave for the UK. The photo, shared on the Royal Family’s website, was taken by the King. She completed the fourth year of the Sorghvliet Christian Gymnasium last year.

The King and Queen have stressed that the education of their daughters is private and have asked for privacy as they continue their education.

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In contrast, King Felipe, Queen Letizia, and Infanta Sofía accompanied Princess Leonor to the airport to say an emotional goodbye in front of the press. Sofía was seen hugging her father as her older sister headed toward her gate. Leonor has been attending Santa María de los Rosales School outside Madrid, where Sofía will continue this year.

Both princesses will undertake two-year programmes and are expected to graduate with their international baccalaureate in 2023.

UWC Atlantic College boasts Queen Elizabeth and Queen Noor of Jordan as its presidents and counts King Willem-Alexander, Princess Elisabeth, and Princess Raiyah bint Hussein of Jordan as alumni.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.