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Two European Princesses To Begin Studies At UWC Atlantic College

  Princess Alexia of the Netherlands - Credit Koninklijk Huis.

It has been revealed that Princess Alexia of the Netherlands is set to study at UWC Atlantic College for the next two years in pursuit of her International Baccalaureate, joining fellow European royal, Princess Leonor de Borbob of Spain, whose attendance at the college was confirmed back in February.

The 16-year-old Princess Alexia will become a classmate of Princess Leonor, 15, at the college, and joins a burgeoning list of royal attendees, with UWC Atlantic's alumni including Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and Princess Raiyah of Jordan.

The news of the Princess' move to the Vale-based college was shared on the official account for the Royal House of the Netherlands, on Twitter. A post shared by the account, originally in the country's native Dutch, said:

"Princess Alexia leaves for the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. For the next two years, she will be pursuing her International Baccalaureate. Princess Alexia completed the fourth year of the Christian Gymnasium Sorghvliet last school year."

The attendance of the heir to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor de Borbob, was confirmed back in February, with her studies also beginning in the new school term in September.

Princess Leonor de Borbob is the elder of two daughters of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and applied for a place through the United World Colleges Spanish Committee, which is conducted anonymously, along with all other candidates.

Speaking in February, Former Principal of the school, Peter T. Howe, said of the news of the attendance of the Spanish princess:

"We are looking forward to welcoming HRH Princess Leonor of Asturias as one of the Spanish nominees to attend UWC Atlantic in 2021."

Jens Waltermann, executive director of UWC International, added:

"The princess will join 4,500 other students from 155 countries, and from a diverse range of backgrounds, who will be studying at one of our 18 schools."

UWC Atlantic, based at St Donat's Castle, is the UK's only United World College. Established in 1962, Atlantic College is the founding college of the UWC Movement, which they launched in 1967. The college also co-created the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

You can find out more about the college, here.

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