Royal heir returns to public school

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s parents caught lots of criticism when they pulled her out of the local public school and enrolled her in the expensive and exclusive Oslo International School in Bærum. Now the Royal Palace has announced that the heir to Norway’s throne wants to spend her last year of junior high school at a public school in Oslo.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra PHOTO: Det kongelige hoff/Julia Naglestad

“Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra will begin the 10th grade at Uranienborg School in Oslo this fall,” the palace announced Monday afternoon. The 15-year-old who’s destined to become queen one day will then move on to Norway’s equivalent of high school in 2020.

The announcement from the palace was brief, and offered no reason for the move. The princess started school at the local Jansløkka School in Asker, close to the royal estate where the crown prince’s family lives at Skaugum.

She attended Jansløkka from 2010 until 2014, when her parents controversially transferred her to the private International School where all teaching is conducted in English. Critics noted how Norwegian royals had a tradition of attending public schools, and claimed the young royal would grow up without enough contact with Norwegians. Her father Crown Prince Haakon and mother Crown Princess Mette-Marit defended their decision on the basis of what they viewed as the best education for the heir to the throne.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to become monarch after her father, who in turn is due to succeed his father, King Harald V.

A palace spokesman said the Uranienborg School was chosen because of its location in Oslo and close to the Royal Palace. It also had an opening for the princess. Her younger brother, Prince Sverre Magnus, will continue at the Montessori School in Oslo.

newsinenglish.no staff