Britain’s heir to the throne Prince Charles was ‘just one of the boys’ when he was a pupil at a remote boarding school in Scotland, going about his daily lives and later developing a passion for the arts and crafts. ‘environment.
Charles was 13 when, in May 1962, he started attending the picturesque private school Gordonstoun on the north coast of Scotland, where his late father, Prince Philip, also studied. “For everyone at Gordonstoun it is a huge sense of pride to have been the first school to educate an heir to the British throne,” current Gordonstoun headmistress Lisa Kerr told Reuters. “What is more powerful for us is knowing that many of the attributes that Prince Charles exhibits as a monarch were developed here at Gordonstoun.”
Previous generations of British royal children had been educated by tutors at home. Charles has found aspects of school life difficult, which was highlighted in a recent series of Netflix’s hit drama ‘The Crown’. Students had to go for an early morning run followed by a cold shower, and some fellow students remember how he was bullied.
According to biographies, he wrote home in 1963 saying, “The people in my dorm are filthy. They throw slippers all night or hit me with pillows… I wish I could go home.” When asked if Charles had been happy, Kerr replied: “I guess everyone’s school days have ups and downs, and it’s probably no surprise that the downs are more interesting. from a media perspective.
“But interestingly, Prince Charles himself said he was still amazed at the amount of rot Gordonstoun talks about… in many speeches he has spoken of the really positive impact his time here has had. had on his life.” Describing him as a ‘studious young man’ who went on to study at Cambridge University, Kerr said Charles, who has visited the school since leaving in 1967, would have mixed with people from a wide variety of backgrounds .
She said he enjoyed music and drama, taking part in a number of school productions. PIRATE KING
At the time, Gordonstoun was an all-boys school, and girls from a nearby grammar school joined their cast. One of those involved recalls the thrill of being on stage with the future king. “Just being involved in the production of Gordonstoun was always exciting…And then when we found out Prince Charles was going to be involved as well…it made it all the more exciting,” said Alison Shockley, professor of retired physical education, 71 years old.
“We were pretty used to him being here. You saw him in the stores. He was involved in other things in the community…We knew he was very musical.” Stockley starred alongside Charles in shows such as “The Pirates of Penzance”, in which Charles played the Pirate King.
“He did very well,” she said. “(He was) just one of the boys…He joined us like we all did.” Since its founding in 1934 by German educator Kurt Hahn, students at Gordonstoun have been involved in the local community and Charles was a member of the Coastguard, where he patrolled along the beautiful Moray Coast.
Decades later, 18-year-old student Olivia Dixon is doing the same. She also boards in the same Windmill Lodge room where Charles lived. “It’s (it’s) kind of funny that it was his bedroom, it was his dresser and there was a ‘party’ sign on it, so it’s kind of surreal in a way,” he said. she declared.
Charles isn’t the school’s only famous alumnus, either. The late actor Sean Connery and singer David Bowie sent their sons to Gordonstoun. (Editing by Alex Richardson)
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