Kate and William’s prince puts on a brave face for his first day at big school
Kate and William’s boy puts on a brave face for his first day at big school.
Dressed in a uniform of navy shorts and a blue knit jumper with red trim, Prince George—one hand in his pocket and the other clasping his father’s—smiled cheekily at the camera on the steps of his Kensington Palace home. The little prince looked as ready as any other 4-year-old eager for his first day at school. Fast-forward about an hour later on Sept. 7 and the reality of “big” school seemed to hit George, whose grin was replaced with a look of apprehension as he walked through the grounds of his new school, Thomas’s, Battersea.
No doubt the absence of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is suffering acute
morning sickness in her early-stage pregnancy, added to George’s nerves, but the determined young royal appeared to handle the walk-up like a pro—and, according to his dad, the day went well. Speaking to the head coach of England’s under-20 soccer team at a reception later in the day, William said it was a “good day. It went well. There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children—so I was quite pleased I wasn’t the one.”
Now with scrutiny off George’s first day, the little royal can settle into reception class where art, ballet, computing, drama, modern foreign languages, music and PE are taught from day one and the most important rule is to “be kind.”
George and William on the steps of Kensington Palace moments before heading off to school on Sept. 7.
Thirty years earlier: 4-yearold Prince William with Princess Diana on his first day at Wetherby School.
William carried George’s satchel while the young prince held onto teacher Helen Haslem’s hand. The school’s alumni include model Cara Delevingne and singer Florence Welch.
The royals were driven through a side entrance where a security gate closed behind them. Feeling pensive: the school encourages its students to be “the best version of themselves that they can be, not a second-hand version of someone else.”
George greeted head teacher Helen Haslem at Thomas’s, Battersea, where students are urged to say “Please” and “Thank you” without prompting.