Princess Charlotte starts nursery and mom Kate shares sweet new portraits

By Ainhoa Barcelona

Princess Charlotte is the star of adorable new portraits release by Kensington Palace to mark her first day of nursery school! Charlotte's mother the Duchess of Cambridge took the photos, which show the youngster wrapped up in red coat and a Marie-Chantal pink cashmere cable-knit scarf as she smiles tentatively at the camera.

Kensington Palace wrote in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning.The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School."

TAP TO VIEW THE GALLERYPrincess Charlotte portrait of her sitting on steps wearing a red topcoat and a pink dot backpackPrincess Charlotte smiled for the camera

Charlotte, who turns three in May, is a full-time pupil at Willcocks Nursery School. Last month, the palace revealed that she would start nursery in January. A statement explained that Prince William and Kate had chosen the school because "they felt it was ideal as a first step for Princess Charlotte's early education and they were impressed by the team that work there". The £14,500-a-year school is owned and run by headmistress Lavinia Taylor. In 2015, Tatler described the nursery as a "hidden gem" in Kensington, attended by children of "old English families and chic foreigners". The magazine added: "Kindness is evident everywhere, plus the nursery is a cooperative, so you know staff are in it for the long haul."

The Duchess of Cambridge took the portraits

According to its website, Willcocks is a "traditional nursery school which strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners".Group activities include poetry, singing, acting and jigsaw-making, while 'circle time', which involves prayer and hymns, also takes place every day.

The nursery is conveniently located just ten minutes away by car from Charlotte's home, Kensington Palace. It's based in the hall of Holy Trinity Church, next door to the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Gardens, and down the road from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, so Charlotte can expect various educational outings and visits to the park.

Princess Charlotte dressed in blue with her mother, Kate MiddletonThe Princess is attending Willcocks Nursery school

Willcocks was last inspected by Ofsted in 2012 when the nursery was rated as "outstanding", with the report stating: "The educational programme is outstanding. Children actively participate in activities that relate to all areas of learning. Topic themes include outings in the local community and visitors to the nursery. This enables children to gain first-hand experiences that effectively consolidate their learning."

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