It’s hard to believe Prince George is old enough to be going to school, but the four-year-old arrived at Thomas's Battersea for his first day of full-time education on Thursday morning.
The special moment was captured by photographers outside the primary school in south west London. Dressed in a navy v-neck pullover adorned with
Prince George was dressed in the school's smart navy uniform
Accompanied by his father, the young Prince was welcomed by the Head of Lower School, Helen Haslem, who escorted the new student to his classroom.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child, was not well enough to join her son and husband.
Prince George with his father Prince William and the head of the lower school Helen Haslem.
A spokesperson from Kensington Palace said: "Unfortunately The Duchess of Cambridge remains unwell, and will not be able to accompany Prince George on his first day of school. The Duke of Cambridge will drop off Prince George this morning as planned."
The school has 543 pupils aged from 4 to 13 and according to The Good Schools Guide, it has 'all the facilities for a broad curriculum.' It is said to have 'great science labs,' a new music center, two art studios, lots of sport and 'outstanding' drama classes with 'huge productions by each year group being put on over the year'.
Prince George practices his handshake.
It sounds like there’s plenty to keep the young Prince busy, but the milestone day also marks a new chapter in the royal family.
Per the Daily Mail, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will become "full-time working royals" following George's first day of school. (Charlotte will reportedly start nursery in the coming months, possibly at Thomas's.)
Now that Prince Philip has officially retired, William will be attending additional engagements, as will Kate, once George and Charlotte are both settled and she has recovered from her acute case of morning sickness.
But People reports that William and Kate hope to drop George off personally "as much as possible."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.