Princess Charlotte arrives for first day of school

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Princess Charlotte has started her first day at school, following in the footsteps of big brother Prince George.

Charlotte, four, arrived at Thomas’s Battersea in south London with mum and dad Kate and William, sticking close to the duchess as she entered the playground.

Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day at school
Image: Charlotte played with her ponytail as she arrived
The Cambridge family joined Charlotte as she started her first day at school
Image: The young royal appeared to be a bit shy as the family walked together

Known for often giving a wave or cheekily sticking out her tongue in public, she appeared to be a bit shy as the family arrived at the school, momentarily hiding behind her mother as she held her hand.

She was wearing her new school uniform, a navy blue dress and a navy cardigan with red piping, as she walked excitedly on her tip toes and played with her ponytail.

The duke said his daughter was “very excited” about her first day.

The Cambridge's in south London
Image: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George, took Charlotte to her first day of school
Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day at school
Image: The four-year-old gave a little wave

And she quickly got over her shyness as Helen Haslem, head of Thomas’s lower school, greeted her with a hand shake.

Having spent two years at the school, George, six, appeared at ease, in contrast to his first day in 2017 when he clung to his father and shook Ms Haslem’s hand with a degree of bewilderment.

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Kate was unable to accompany George on his first day as she was less than 12 weeks pregnant with her third child, Louis, at the time, and suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition that can mean vomiting up to 50 times a day.

The duchess looked excited to be able to take her second child to school, laughing as the family walked in.

Image: The Cambridge family walked into Thomas’s Battersea together

Thomas’s prides itself on its motto of “be kind”. With fees of up to £21,786 a year, many of its 581 students move on to top schools including Eton and Downe House.

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Headmaster Simon O’Malley – named as one of Tatler’s six hottest headmasters – is admired by parents who say he has “time for everyone”, while children smile as they pass, according to the Good Schools Guide.

Charlotte will be in a class of up to 21 reception class pupils and will be taught a wide range of subjects, from French and Mandarin to art, ballet and coding – with music and drama a particular focus.

Sports also features high on the agenda, with all the major sports played by both boys and girls, and options including yoga and golf.

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