Be still our beating hearts! Everyone’s favourite royal, cheeky little Prince George, officially started school yesterday with Kensington Palace releasing a video and adorable pics of the momentous occasion. The only smudge on the day was that sadly mum Kate was unable to attend, leaving Wills to handle drop off duties solo.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of The Duke and Prince George at Kensington Palace this morning. The image was taken by @chrisjacksongetty shortly before Prince George left for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea. Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to share this lovely picture as Prince George starts school, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.
Dressed to impress
Looking remarkably dapper in his John Lewis uniform consisting of navy bermuda shorts, a crisp shirt, navy v-neck jumper and adorable penny loafers; it was all smiles and confident sass for four-year-old Prince George (third in line to the throne) who took an official photograph outside Kensington Palace with his father, Prince William before heading off to his first day of school. His Royal Highness is attending the prestigious Thomas’s Preparatory School in Battersea which costs almost $30,000 annually, is extremely elite and also co-educational – a break in tradition for the royal family.
Shy George misses mum
It was a different story when a 40 minute drive later the youngster arrived at the school, with little George looking very apprehensive as he clutched his father’s hand tightly and shyly approached the head of the lower school, Helen Haslam. After a polite handshake it was off to class, escorted by both William and Ms Haslam (who held his other hand – taking the place of his mother Kate whose absence we are sure was greatly felt by the four-year-old).
Despite announcing last week that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be present on his first day of school, unfortunately Kate – who we’ve recently been informed is pregnant with the couple’s third child – was too unwell to attend. Kate is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme morning sickness condition that she also suffered when carrying both George and his younger sister, Princess Charlotte (aged 2).
Controlling the paparazzi
In stark contrast to when William began his education, Kensington Palace decided to prevent a media circus by allowing only one photographer and TV camera to capture the huge moment. The first day of school can be scary and overwhelming for any little one, let alone a famous royal with the whole world watching. Kate, bedridden at home, no doubt would have been grateful for the footage that was taken. Now his official first day is over, George will be allowed to attend school privately with no interference from British media or the public. Thank goodness for that!
A school fit for a royal
The elite South London school’s newest pupil will be known as George Cambridge to his classmates, and we’re sure he’ll fit right in with all the elaborate facilities and programs. Here’s a rundown of the key features and experiences little George will soon be privy to:
- A total of 560 students aged 4 to 13 attend the school
- Ballet is compulsory, even for boys, up to the age of 7
- There are 24 after-school clubs such as songwriting, fencing, golf, Italian, pottery and debating
- Princess Charlotte will be able to join her brother George in a few years, being a co-ed school
- George’s uniform requirements for the year cost around $1,000
- In years 5 and 6 he can visit the school’s ski chalet in the Austrian Alps – ooh la la!
- Cara Delevingne and Florence Welch are both former students
- Homework is optional – yay!
- Every day starts with a handshake, with utmost importance placed on manners and good etiquette
- Children need to sit an entry exam in order to attend (even at the age or 2 or 3!)
- Only fine dining, super healthy food is served (no Vegemite sandwiches sorry!), with George soon to be eating the likes of lamb ragout with garlic and herbs, smoked mackerel on a bed of lentils and pork stroganoff with red peppers.