Why Princess Charlotte could be the first royal to leave coronavirus isolation

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Jennifer McKnight

Countries around the world are starting to make plans to slowly reopen and ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom's prime minister, outlined a plan to reopen schools in the U.K. which could mean that Princess Charlotte could return to her London school, Thomas's Battersea, ahead of her elder brother Prince George.

The prime minister's COVID-19 reopening plan included a phased return to school that would start with students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returning to class, provided infection rates and other government tests allow it, according to the BBC.

"At the earliest by June 1, after half-term, we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary pupils back into schools, in stages," said Boris in an address to the nation.

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Duchess Kate and Prince William's only daughter is a Year 1 pupil so she could potentially go back to class ahead of elder brother George, who is in Year 2.

However, the Cambridge family might decide to continue home-schooling Charlotte and George. The five-year-old and her six-year-old brother have been home-schooled since March 20 after Thomas's Battersea shut down because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Parents who choose to keep their children at home will not be penalized for doing so.

"The short answer is, no they won’t," Boris's official spokesperson said when asked if parents would face fines for keeping their children at home, according to HELLO! UK.

"While we will not penalise parents for keeping children at home once they are eligible to return to school, we will strongly encourage them to do so."

Thomas's Battersea could also remain closed because it is a private school and then potentially reopen for the start of the new term in September.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George, Charlotte and two-year-old Prince Louis have been isolating at their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

Royals fans were treated to a surprise video of the entire Cambridge clan on April 23, little Louis's birthday. The unexpected appearance was part of BBC One's The Big Night In special. The Royal Family showed their appreciation for health care workers as they clapped in support of them.

The Cambridges all matched in blue as they clapped for carers on BBC One's The Big Night In special. Photo: © Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 4.2 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 187 countries and regions with over 230,000 confirmed to the United Kingdom. The illness has killed more than 293,000 people worldwide, but more than 1.5 million people have recovered from it so far.

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