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Prince George’s eighth birthday is a significant one for the Royal Family

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Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, turns eight today – which is a very significant birthday for the young Royal.

It's also the same age his father started boarding school.

His father, Prince William, went to Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight, as did his brother Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, their father, Prince Charles, attended Gordonstoun School in Scotland when he was 13, as did his father, Prince Philip.

According to The Mirror, Prince William and Kate Middleton may send him off to the Royal County of Berkshire, just a couple of hours outside London.

Currently George attends Thomas's School in Battersea, south west London, where is friends reportedly call him PG.

But it's thought that as his father went to Ludgrove from the age of eight, the little prince could do the same.

Some reports suggest that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking at potential new homes in the Berkshire area.

It was recently reported by The Daily Mail that they had been enquiring about nearby real estate.

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It has also been speculated that it's more likely that the Cambridges would stay in London during term time, and opt for boarding school on a part-time basis.

This would mean a more "flexible" structure where he could be home as much as possible.

But he would also have the option of sleeping on campus if, for example, his parents go away for work.

However, the source told the Daily Mail: "Nothing has been decided and of course they could very well decide to keep the children at Thomas’s, but William and Kate have recently visited schools in the Berkshire area, which has got a lot of people talking."

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Meanwhile, Royal blogger Gertrude Daily told Daily Star that Princess Charlotte will likely miss her brother "when he heads off to boarding school".

She said:" Princess Charlotte will of course miss her big brother, as any child would. But she will be fine when Prince George heads off to boarding school."

However, some experts think Kate and William will break Royal tradition by not sending George to boarding school.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe, author of a biography about Prince Harry, told OK!: "It's my understanding for some time, possibly even before George was even born, was that William was quite keen that any child he had wouldn't be packed off to boarding school."

"Eton [another boarding school William and Harry later attended] wasn't an unhappy time, apart from the fact it was when their mother died, which means William doesn't blame the school or the experience of boarding.

"But he's never intended to have his kids as full-time boarders and if George does go to a school that offers it, he'll likely be a day boarder."

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