PRINCESS Charlotte grinned as she arrived for her first day of school today, clutching mum Kate Middleton’s hand.
The four-year-old royal was “very excited” to start at Thomas’ in Battersea, South London, this morning as she walked into class with her big brother Prince George and dad Prince William.
The Cambridges arrived at Thomas’ this morning for Princess Charlotte’s first day of schoolPA:Press Association
Four-year-old Charlotte looked ready to go for her first day in shiny new shoes and her uniformPA:Press Association
Princess Charlotte waves as she heads into her first day of receptionPA:Press Association
Kate, 37, held onto
Charlotte’s bag as they walked into the classroom, while dad William, also 37, held onto George’s hand.
And while Princess Charlotte smiled, she appeared to let the nerves get the better of her as she hid behind mum Kate and flicked her ponytail as they walked inside.
She shook hands with lower school headteacher Helen Haslem, who crouched down to meet her at eye level.
Dad William told Ms Haslem that his daughter was “very excited” for her first day.
The youngster will today start reception, joining Prince George, six, who is beginning his third term at the fee-paying school.
The school usually charges £6,429 a term – or £19,287 a year – but Princess Charlotte will only be charged £6,305 a term, or £18,915 a year, as she gets a sibling discount.
Charlotte, who will be known as Charlotte Cambridge, had been driven to the school in the family’s Land Rover Discovery – arriving about 8.15am.
The princess smiled as she arrived in her brand new uniform of a pinafore with a white summer blouse, and black shoes and white socks – ready to join her reception class of 21 other students.
who wore a stunning £215 Michael Kors midi dress, appeared excited as she helped with the first-time drop off, having missed out on Prince George’s big day in 2017.
Charlotte hides behind her mum Kate as she arrives for her first dayPA:Press Association
The four-year-old shakes the hand of Helen Haslem, Head of Lower SchoolPA:Press Association
Charlotte is ‘very excited’ to start school, her dad saidPA:Press Association
Kate Middleton stunned in a floral red and pink dress while dad Prince William wore a blue blazer and brown trousers for the drop offPA:Press Association
Princess Charlotte will follow in her big brother’s footstepsPA:Press Association
The four-year-old girl holds her mum’s hand as they arrive, while Prince George sticks out his tonguePA:Press Association
Princess Charlotte will get a sibling discount at the £19k-a-year school as Prince George already goes therePA:Press Association
Big brother George turns around to check on his little sisterPA:Press Association
The royal siblings will attend the school the promotes kindness as importantly as academic achievementPA:Press Association
Princess Charlotte will start learning French at her new schoolPA:Press Association
Prince William and Kate Middleton are known to be hands on when it comes to the school drop off and pick upPA:Press Association
Princess Charlotte twirls her hair as she walks in with her familyPA:Press Association
The little royal smiles as she shakes hands with the teacherPA:Press Association
Charlotte wore her brand new uniform for the first time todayPA:Press Association
The Cambridge family left Prince Louis at home for the first drop offPA:Press Association
Princess Charlotte walked into school while mum Kate held onto her bagPA:Press Association
At the time, she was pregnant with Prince Louis and suffering from acute morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
Prince William took Prince George to school while Kate stayed at home, with adorable photos showing the 37-year-old carrying his son’s book bag.
Kate and William are said to be hands-on parents, both regularly spotted doing the school run.
And it will be a big day for Charlotte,
who is expected to start learning French once a week at her new school.
Thomas’s Battersea, which describes itself as a Christian school and is open to children of all faiths, believes in “praise as the greatest motivator”.
It is also taught that kindness is as important as academic success.
Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day.
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Prince William did the school run solo in 2017Handout – Getty
Prince George had appeared shy for his first day of schoolGetty – Contributor
The youngster started school in 2017, with his mum unable to attend due to extreme morning sicknessTimes Newspapers Ltd
Official photographs were released of Princess Charlotte’s first day of nurseryAP:Associated Press
And William is hardly recognisable on his first day at school in Wetherby, Notting Hill in 1987PA:Press Association
And two years later a young Prince Harry joined his older brother at the same schoolNews Group Newspapers Ltd
The two boys were pictured together in their matching uniformsGetty – Contributor
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were accompanied by their mum the Duchess of York
Prince Charles as a whipper snapper shaking hands with the headmaster at Gordonstoun School on his first day age 14Corbis – Getty
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