Princess Charlotte is set to ring in the new year in a big way — by starting nursery school! The two-year-old is enrolled at Willcocks Nursery School in London, but Kensington Palace has yet to confirm when she will actually start attending. Though the term starts on January 4, it’s believed that she, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and her brother Prince George are still with Carole and Michael Middleton celebrating the arrival of 2018, so there’s a chance she will join her classmates later than scheduled.
Furthermore, Prince George is not due back at school until Tuesday 9 January. The four-year-old Prince is a pupil at Thomas's Battersea in the capital, and it would make sense logistically for both children to start at the same time. William and Kate are also back at work next week, with both royals scheduled to undertake solo engagements on Wednesday 10 January. Pregnant Kate will make an appearance at Reach Academy Feltham to see their work with Place2Be supporting children and families in the school. William, meanwhile, will visit the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust's facilities in Chelsea to view two pioneering robotic surgeries.
The doting parents will no doubt be keen to drop Charlotte off for her first day at nursery themselves. Kate was forced to miss George's first day at school back in September because of her severe morning sickness, and will not want to miss the opportunity to accompany her little girl now that she is feeling better.
Royal fans can also expect a photo to commemorate Charlotte's first day. In January 2016, William and Kate released two pictures of George as he began at Westacre Montessori school nursery, located near the family's Norfolk country home at Anmer Hall. The images, which were taken by the proud Duchess, showed the two-year-old Prince in a navy-blue quilted coat with a sky-blue rucksack on his back. Similarly, an official photo of George taken on his first day of school was also released by the royals, showing the Prince in his new uniform posing with his dad Prince William at home at Kensington Palace.