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Princess Leonor to follow Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth as royal student at a Welsh college

The heir to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor, is to finish her secondary education at the same college attended by the future Belgian monarch. The Princess of Asturias, who is now 15, will head to UWC Atlantic College later this year to study for the International Baccalaureate. Princess Elisabeth, 19 and heir to the Belgian throne, attended the same educational establishment.

She will become a boarder at the college.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia announced that their elder child will head to Wales in either late August or early September 2021 to begin her studies which will last for two years. Leonor is currently a student at Madrid’s Santa Maria de los Rosales school alongside her younger sister, Infanta Sofia.

Her course will cover humanities and sciences. The total cost of her education and her boarding fees will come out of the Spanish Royal Family’s annual allowance.

In the statement confirming her academic plans, the Spanish Royal Family said that Leonor had passed the rigourous selection process to gain entry to the college. It included a pre-selection process, carried out anonymously, followed by a range of tests which were carried out electronically.

The statement added that the Princess of Asturias will continue developing her knowledge and understanding of her royal commitments in Spain during her two years at the college. King Felipe has told Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, of this latest stage of Leonor’s education.

United World Colleges is a global education movement focused on using learning as a way of bringing people together. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium was a student at the college in Wales between 2018 and 2020.

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