PRINCE GE­ORGE

Kate and Wil­liam’s prince puts on a brave face for his first day at big school

WHO - - In this Issue - By Mar­i­anne Bilkey

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.

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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.

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