Queen was in the driv­ing seat at school

Daily Mail - - 70 Glorious years -

ANDREW and Ed­ward be­gan their ed­u­ca­tion at Heather­down prep school in Berk­shire, where the head­mas­ter was able to ob­serve the Queen’s par­ent­ing tech­niques.

‘Some par­ents who gave their chil­dren to nan­nies hardly knew their chil­dren at all, but the Queen knew hers,’ said the head, James Ed­wards. ‘She’s very on the ball and is one of the best racon­teurs I’ve ever met — ter­ri­bly funny.

‘Prince Philip ap­peared, but not as much as the Queen. She de­ter­mined and con­trolled their early school­ing. I dis­cussed their school re­ports with her rather than him.’

The Queen didn’t pick up her chil­dren on their days out from school, but she al­ways en­sured that she took them back.

She’d drive them her­self in her green Vaux­hall es­tate car, with her de­tec­tive sit­ting be­side her. ‘She would al­ways come into my study and have a chat about any­thing and ev­ery­thing,’ added Mr Ed­wards.

‘When she talked about the chil­dren, she was to­tally aware of their short­com­ings and was ex­tremely pa­tient.

‘One thing she ab­so­lutely in­sisted on, how­ever, was good manners, and it showed.

‘The Queen never let them down. She came to al­most ev­ery school sports day, play and carol ser­vice that we had. And over nine years, that is good.

‘She only missed one — and that was when Ed­ward was play­ing the part of Saul in The Boy David, and she was on tour in Aus­tralia on a State visit. So the Queen Mother came in­stead.’

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