Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain cheer on their team during the Women’s Euro 2022 match
Notable royal alumni: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Raiyah of Jordan, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium. Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Princess Leonor of Spain are both students.
Royal classmates: Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, left, and Princess Leonor of Spain, right, are both students at UWC Atlantic College, Wales
Princess Alexia of the Netherlands is leaving her home country and traveling to Wales to study at UWC Atlantic College, pictured, the Dutch royal family has announced
Old and new: Classes take place in modern academic blocks built in the 1960s-1980s, converted medieval estate buildings and the castle itself (pictured, the school library)
With tuition for a two-year course costing £67,000, the school offers a range of extra-curricular activities, its website describing it as ‘providing a platform for young people to learn through shared experience ” (on the left, the hall dining room, and on the right, the swimming pool)
The College has a strong tradition of boat design and boat building with ‘waterfront service’ members needed to keep the boathouse clean and tidy
Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Princess Leonor of Spain have swapped their European palaces for a school housed in an old Welsh castle.
Heir to the Spanish throne Leonor, 16, and Alexia, 17, the second eldest child of the King and Queen of the Netherlands, have both signed up for a two-year £67,000 course to study for their International Baccalaureate degree at UWC Atlantic College.
The school offers activities and subjects like Tai Chi and Tibetan literature, earning it the nickname “Hippie Hogwarts”.
UWC Atlantic College has a proven track record of educating royalty. King Willem-Alexander studied there in the 80s and the Belgian heiress to the throne Elisabeth graduated in 2020.
Teaching at the school takes place in a magical location – a 12th century castle by the sea – with its own seafront, woods, farmland and valley.
Atlantic College is located near the town of Llantwit Major on the South Wales coast, overlooking the Bristol Channel. It has been continuously inhabited since its construction.
St Donat’s Castle is the College’s main building, housing the Tudor Great Hall, the Gothic Dining Hall, the Bradenstoke Hall used for assemblies and shows and an extensive library of 25,000 books.
Pupils of the school stay in eight purpose-built boarding schools, which accommodate approximately 48 pupils each.
Modern lodging houses are named after ancient Welsh kingdoms or benefactors of the college: Pentti Kouri, Morgannwg, Powys, Whitaker, Gwynedd, Tice and Sunley.
Unlike a typical teaching day at school, classes at UWC start at 8am and end in time for lunch.
The two-year diploma program consists of two parts: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) program and an experiential learning program that focuses on key aspects of “peace, a sustainable future and the initiative of students”.
The school’s basic foundations include biology, chemistry, economics, English literature, geography, history, mathematics, and physics.
Meanwhile, there is also a wide selection of elective courses to choose from, including design technology, visual arts, film studies, music, and global politics, among others.
Literary options at the College range from English and French literature to Czech, Russian, Tibetan, Swedish and Urdu literature.
Classes are held in modern university blocks built in the 1960s-1980s as well as converted medieval estate buildings and the castle itself.