14 Boarding Schools Favoured By Members Of Royal Families
- Eton College, United KingdomEton College, United Kingdom
- Hill House International Junior School, United KingdomHill House International Junior School, United Kingdom
- Marlborough College, United KingdomMarlborough College, United Kingdom
- Harrow School, United KingdomHarrow School, United Kingdom
- Benenden School, United KingdomBenenden School, United Kingdom
- St. George's School, United KingdomSt. George's School, United Kingdom
- École des Roches, FranceÉcole des Roches, France
- Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, SwitzerlandInstitut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland
- Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, SwitzerlandCollège Alpin Beau Soleil, Switzerland
- Lakefield College School, CanadaLakefield College School, Canada
- Deerfield Academy, USADeerfield Academy, USA
- Aiglon College, SwitzerlandAiglon College, Switzerland
- Gordonstoun, ScotlandGordonstoun, Scotland
- West Heath School, United KingdomWest Heath School, United Kingdom
From Harrow in the United Kingdom to Institut Le Rosey in Rolle in Switzerland, these boarding schools have the royal seal of approval
Looking for the very best education for your children? Consider prestigious schools that count members of royal families as its alumni. While most choose to attend boarding schools in the UK or across Europe, there are some who attended schools in North America as well.
Below, we round up 14 boarding schools attended by royals:
See also: 10 Outstanding British Public Schools
Eton College, United Kingdom
Eton College is one of the best-known all-boys British boarding schools in the world, with a history dating back 1440. It’s no wonder that both Prince Harry and Prince William attended, as well as 19 British prime ministers including Boris Johnson and David Cameron, and award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne.
Eton is one of the four remaining single-sex schools in the UK and because of its emphasis on high standards, entry to top universities in the UK are high.
Type: All boys
Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire; etoncollege.com
Hill House International Junior School, United Kingdom
The school was founded in Switzerland in 1949 and a branch opened in the UK in 1951. Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, attended Hill House International Junior School before receiving his secondary education.
This school became the first to teach in two different countries at the same time. The branch in London is separated into the Junior School, Lower, Middle and Upper School and the Small School.
Hill House International Junior School, 17 Hans Place, London; hillhouseschool.co.uk
Marlborough College, United Kingdom
Marlborough College started off as an all-boys school built by a group of Church of England clergyman to educate their sons. It opened in 1843 and housed 199 boys. Since then, the school has become fully co-educational with the admission of girls.
Kate Middleton attended the school before she became the Duchess of Cambridge. Princess Eugenie, the 10th in line to the British throne as well as the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York also attended the school.
Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough; marlboroughcollege.org
Harrow School, United Kingdom
With a history dating back to 1572, Harrow School is one of the world’s most renowned. The all-boys boarding school is so popular with royals all over the world, once attended by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the current Emir of Qatar, and Lord Nicholas Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin. Seven former British prime ministers including Winston Churchill and Robert Peel also attended, as well as the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Together with Eton School, Harrow School is one of the few full-boarding, all-boys schools in the UK. The Fourth Form Room at the school was also used as Professor Flitwick’s classroom in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Type: All boys
Harrow on the Hill, Harrow, London; harrowschool.org.uk
Benenden School, United Kingdom
Benenden School is an all-girls boarding school in the UK and one of the top all-girls schools in the country. It is one of the 13 remaining full boarding schools in the UK.
Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II attended the school, and admission is so competitive that it has a waiting list that’s four-years long. Occupying a beautiful parkland in the middle of Kent, Benenden has some impressive facilities including a state-of-the-art Science Centre.
Benenden School, Cranbrook, Kent; benenden.kent.sch.uk
St. George's School, United Kingdom
St George’s School was attended by Princess Beatrice, the Duke of York’s daughter and the ninth in line to the British monarchy. This independent boarding and day school for girls is located on a leafy 30-acre site and offers a range of opportunities, club and activities.
Princess Beatrice herself completed her A-levels in drama history and film in the school, and also served as a head girl.
St George’s School, Wells Lane, Ascot, Berkshire; stgeorges-ascot.org.uk
École des Roches, France
Over in France, École des Roches recently welcomed its doors to Joachim of Denmark, the youngest son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Founded in 1899, the international boarding school is located at the heart of Normandy.
With over 120 years of history and its location, the school benefits from the historical, cultural and artistic influence of Paris and central Europe.
École des Roches, 295 Avenue Edmon Demolins, Verneuil sur Avre, Normandy, France; ecoledesroches.co.uk
Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland
Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland holds the title as one of the most expensive schools in the world. It counts the Shah of Iran, Prince Rainer of Monaco and King of Farouk of Egpyt among its alumni.
The prestigious school teaches in both French and English, with pupils encouraged to take weekend trips across various places in Europe. The school has two campuses––one, a manorial estate in Rolle, along with a winter campus in the charming ski resort of Gstaad.
Château du Rosey, 1180 Rolle, Switzerland; rosey.ch
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Switzerland
Royalties from Denmark and Switzerland have attended Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland. This includes Princess Marie of Denmark and Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
The school is located in the Alps and teaches in both English and French. They not only conduct lessons in the classroom but also offer educational trips around the world.
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Route du Village 1, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland; beausoleil.ch
Lakefield College School, Canada
Outside of Europe, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York attended Lakefield College School as an exchange student. King Felipe VI of Spain is also a former student. The Canadian boarding school boasts its strong sense of community, warmth and commitment to its students.
It started off as an all-boys school in 187 with just 15 students. In 1985, the school finally opened its doors to admit girls. Since then, new facilities have been built including a library, a chapel and a theatre.
Lakefield College School, 4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario, Canada; lcs.on.ca
Deerfield Academy, USA
Royals mostly choose to study in Europe but King Abdullah II of Jordan went over to the US at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He eventually moved to the UK to study at Oxford.
The independent secondary school has a rigorous liberal arts curriculum backed by an extensive co-curricular program and a supportive residential environment. The historic village it’s located in is surrounded by rivers, hills and farms.
Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA; deerfield.edu
Aiglon College, Switzerland
Aiglon College in Switzerland has welcomed Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark. Located in the glorious landscape in the alpine village of Chesières, Aiglon College focuses on mindfulness and introspection, which seems perfect given its location.
The private international boarding school is broadly modelled after British boarding schools with the curriculum taught in English. Students are also required to take part in expeditions which can include hiking, camping, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
Aiglon College, Avenue Centrale 61, 1885 Chesières, Switzerland; aiglon.ch
Gordonstoun in Scotland is notorious for its rigorously high standards and tough outdoor education programme. Both Prince Philip and Prince Charles attended the school as well as Princes Andrew and Edward.
The Scottish institution is located in a beautiful 200-acre woodland campus, within easy reach of the stunning Scottish Highlands. With over 80 years of history, the school’s historic buildings have a Sports Centre and a Performing Arts department that includes a studio theatre, drama rehearsal spaces and dance studios.
Gordonstoun, Elgin, Moray, Scotland; gordonstoun.org.uk
West Heath School, United Kingdom
Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales once attended the West Heath School. During her time, it was an all-girls school but has since accepted boys.
The school’s approach to learning is to be as creative and as resourceful as possible. To achieve this, all teaching is based on what students already know, can do and can understand. Staff will then plan different activities and learning opportunities to meet students’ needs.
West Heath School, Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, Kent; westheathschool.com