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Princess Leonor, Spain’s future queen, to attend boarding school in Wales

Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, will attend boarding school at a medieval castle in Wales, the royal household said on Wednesday.

Princess Leonor, Spain's future queen, to attend boarding school in Wales
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The 15-year-old daughter of King Felipe will begin her International Baccalaureate in the autumn at the UWC Atlantic College, located 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Cardiff, it said in a statement.

The school, housed at the 12th-century St Donat’s Castle, is one of 18 United World Colleges (UWC) that span from Canada to Swaziland.   

Founded by German educationalist Kurt Hahn, UWC schools blend rigorous education and community service and are “characterised by their open and critical spirit”, the statement said.

The two terms at the school will cost £67,000 (76,500 euros, $92,000) which will be covered by the annual allowance that King Felipe and his wife Letizia receive from the state, it added.

With students selected on merit and most on scholarships, UWC schools are funded by governments, ex-students and philanthropists.   

Their alumni include fellow royals like King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and the Belgian heir to the throne, Princess Elisabeth.

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Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have both tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, although the pair have very mild cold symptoms.

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: TT

Sweden’s Royal Court announced that Prince Daniel had tested positive in a press release issued on Sunday, while Crown Princess Victoria’s second infection was revealed in another release on Saturday.

The royal couple, who are both fully vaccinated, first tested positive for the virus in March last year, and have only mild symptoms. 

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According to the press releases Prince Daniel was suffering “very mild symptoms and feels well”, while Princess Victoria has “the symptoms of a cold but otherwise feels well”.  

The couple are both now isolating in Haga Palace in the north of Stockholm, where they have lived since 2010. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who are triple-vaccinated, both tested positive on Tuesday. The couple are now symptom-free, but are continuing their isolation at Drottningholm Palace to the west of Stockholm. 

Prince Carl Philip, Victoria’s younger brother, and his wife Princess Sofia were the first Swedish royals to test positive in November 2020. 

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