The first day of school can be daunting for young ones, but four-year-old Princess Charlotte had her big brother George right beside her to show her the way.
As Charlotte arrived at Thomas’s Battersea in London early Thursday morning for her first day she was accompanied by George, 6, and her parents, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. The family were all smiles as they walked hand-in-hand with Charlotte waving jovially to media who were present to film the occasion.
On arrival, the family was greeted by the head of lower school Helen Haslem who shook hands with a coy Charlotte. Kate and William then accompanied Charlotte to her classroom where they met her teacher and helped her settle in. The princess is in a class of 21 at the £18,915-a-year school.
“We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea. We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school,” said headteacher Simon O’Malley said in a statement released by the palace in May.
According to the school, in Charlotte’s first year – known as her ‘reception year’ – the young royal will be encouraged to play and explore; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; and be safe, secure and happy.