Prince George has followed in the footsteps of famous alumni model Cara Delevingne and pop singer Florence Welch – from Florence and the Machine by starting his first day at Thomas’s Battersea, an £18,000-a-year prep school.
George, 4, was accompanied by his father, Prince William, from their Kensington Palace home to the school in southwest London, which says its most important rule is to “be kind”.
“We expect our pupils to make impressive progress as a result of their own hard work, the best efforts of their teachers, the judicious support of their parents and the encouragement of their peers,” the school says on its website.
A nervous-looking George, wearing a school uniform of dark shorts and a navy jumper with red trim along with navy ankle socks, held his father’s hand as the Head of Lower School, Helen Haslem, escorted the royal duo to his classroom.
One cameraman and one photographer were at the school to capture Prince George’s first day, as Prince William had previously pleaded for the press to respect his son’s privacy.
His mother Kate missed the occasion due to acute morning sickness and has cancelled other engagements this week after the palace announced on Monday that she was expecting her third child.
Prince William told Ms Haslem that George had been eagerly watching and he had “noticed” the other boys going into the school in their uniforms.
The uniform for Thomas’s Battersea is only available at the Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square or from the second-hand uniform shop at the school.
George has joined a class of 20 other pupils and has his own desk and peg with his name on. He will begin by doing half days as a “gentle” introduction to school life.
Ben Thomas, principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, said there would be no special treatment for the royal.
“We are going to try and make this a really happy, safe and secure time,” he said.
“I hope he will have the confidence to be himself with all his quirks and his idiosyncrasies and characteristics – that’s what I would want for all of our children.”
Mr Thomas added: “The global spotlight has been a little bit daunting but that will move on.”
The school was described by the Good Schools Guide as: “A big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.” Princes William and Harry went to the Wetherby School, just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace making Prince George the first direct heir to the throne to go across the river to attend school.