Duchess Kate didn’t get the chance to drop Prince George off on his first day of school back in 2017, but she’ll be on hand to accompany Princess Charlotte when she starts at Thomas’s Battersea on Sept. 5.
Kate and Charlotte will be joined by Prince William and George, Kensington Palace said in a statement on Aug. 29. Charlotte is set to start her first term in Reception, and George will begin Year Two.
Since Kate missed George’s first day of school in 2017 due to suffering hyperemesis gravidarum – a severe type of morning sickness – while she was pregnant with Prince Louis, it’s highly likely the four members of the Cambridge family will pose for photos while heading into the school. William did that with George when he dropped him off in 2017. It’s also likely Kensington Palace will release special portraits of Charlotte in her uniform to mark her big day, as it did with George two years ago.
As for what Charlotte will learn during her first year at school, she’s set to be schooled in handwriting, drawing, scribbling and writing letters. She will also be given plenty of opportunity to play and will be taught how to make “choices and learn to have a go and persevere; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy,” according to Thomas’s Battersea’s website.
Charlotte is said to be thrilled to be starting “big school” with George, and has spent the last year-and-a-half at Willcocks Nursery, according to Vanity Fair. The school is looking forward to having her there, too!
“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,” headmaster Simon O’Malley said in May, when it was announced Charlotte would attend the school. “We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”