New rules at Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s school mean they’re missing out on their favourite lesson

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Princess Charlotte and Prince George are both missing out on one of their favourite lessons due to new rules introduced at their school because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pupils at Thomas's private school in Battersea, which the royal children attend, are not allowed to partake in their usual swimming lessons.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two children were excited to get back to school to see their friends and teachers, but will no doubt be disappointed at the new measures.

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It's believed both Charlotte, five, and George, seven, who are now back studying at the £19,000-a-year prep in south London, are both keen swimmers after being spotted enjoying the water while on a spa break with Kate last year.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl wrote in Vanity Fair: "George who has moved into Year 3 and Charlotte who is in Year 1 are said to be thrilled to be back at school with their friends, even though some activities such as swimming have been suspended."

The children, who have been homeschooled by William and Kate this year, didn't take any school pictures that were normally released by the palace.

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However, there is one school rule that has been introduced that the royal siblings are allowed to break.

The royal expert went on to explain: "According to one parent, the school has installed numerous COVID prevention measures and parents now have to drop children at the school gates.

"The Cambridges, however, are still able to drive their children into the school grounds."

During a surprise trip to Belfast, the Duke of Cambridge shared his thoughts on his children’s return to school.

“I think every parent is breathing a sigh of relief that school has started again,” he said. “Five months – it’s been wonderful, but it’s been a long five months.”

And their five year old daughter had an extra special treat when she returned to her school thanks to the connection she has with her teacher Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe.

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The assistant head got married to Prince William's best friend Thomas van Straubenzee over the summer, who is Charlotte's godfather.

Sadly for Charlotte she missed out on a bridesmaid role after the original date for the wedding, which William and Kate were also set to attend in April, as it had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

Lucy, 32, who teaches at the elite south London school, instead said her vows to Thomas, 38, a partner at estate agents Knight Frank, in a low-key ceremony at Chelsea Old Church on 24 July "with only their parents and siblings present", according to the The Sunday Times.

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