The Princess of Asturias, Heir to the Spanish Throne to Study in Wales.

Princess Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, official title Princess of Asturias, the eldest daughter of King Felipe VI is to study at the UWC Atlantic College in Wales. With the King and Queen of Spain covering the €76,500 study fee.

The 15-year-old princess is going to study the two-year International Baccalaureate program at the United World College (UWC) Atlantic College. The course level is, in Spanish, a ‘Bachillerato’, which would be the equivalent to A-Levels in the UK as it is the course of study before entering university. 

UWC college itself is a boarding school located in a medieval castle and the princess herself will attend as a boarder, just like the other students. The royal household of Spain has said that the college is “characterised by its open and critical spirit” and “has no religious, political or other kinds of learning.”

The cost of the Bachilerato in Wales is £67,000 (€76,500) which will be paid by the King and Queen of Spain. Until now Princess Leonor has followed the same path as her father and studied in the private school ‘Nuestra Señora de los Rosales’, where currently her younger sister, the Infanta Sofía, is enrolled. 

Princess Leonor will commence her studies in the final weeks of August with King Felipe already informing the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of the decision to send the princess to Wales. The royal household also said that these studies abroad in Wales is compatible with “the progressive development of her institutional commitments to Spain.”

As the princess comes of age she will also undergo military training, which is the same case as her father, and the Spanish constitution outlines that the King or Queen of Spain is also the head of the armed forces. Very much similar to the situation we have in the UK.