HANDOUT – Felipe VI, King of Spain, says goodbye to Princess Leonor (2nd from left) at Madrid Airport. Leonor moves to the UWC Atlantic College of Wales. Photo: Casa De SM El Rey / EUROPA PRESS / dpa – ATTENTION: Only for editorial use and only with full mention of the above credits
At the Madrid airport she was adopted by her father, mother Letizia (48) and sister Sofía (14).
The girl, who wore a navy shirt and long blue pants, was hugged vigorously, as photos published by the royal family showed. According to the royal family, Leonor will attend UWC Atlantic College on the South Wales coast not far from Cardiff for the next two years. The school is located in the medieval castle of St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The royal family emphasized some time ago that the royal family will pay for the annual costs of 67,000 pounds (currently around 85,000 Swiss francs). Still, there was a lot of criticism. The main protests came from those left-wing parties that were advocating the abolition of the monarchy in Spain during the Corona crisis.
Up until now, Leonor and Sister Sofía had attended the private school Santa María de los Rosales in Moncloa-Aravaca in the west of Madrid. This school costs around 7,000 euros per year and child.
The royal family (the “Casa Real”) recently received a good 8.4 million euros per year from the Spanish national budget to cover their expenses.
The United World Colleges, founded in 1962 by the German politician and educator Kurt Hahn (1886-1974), see themselves, as it says on the website, as a global movement that «makes education into a force at its 18 schools. Nations and cultures united for peace and a sustainable future ». In Germany there is the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg. (SDA)