On Thursday, September 5, with her brand new shoes and uniform Princess Charlotte embarked on her first day of school.
She was accompanied by her parents Prince William and Kate as well as her brother Prince George, who starts year 2.
Holding her mother’s hand, Princess Charlotte looked excited, walking on her tip toes and playing with her ponytail.
Waiting to greet her new pupil was Helen Haslem, head of the lower school.
The four-year-old Princess has become a pupil at Thomas’s Battersea in south London, where it is taught that kindness is as important as academic success.
Under the school’s policy, William and Kate’s school fees for their girl will be nearly two per cent lower than George’s or £6,305, since she is a second child at the school. In three-years-time, if Prince Louis attends the same school, the fee for the third child is £5,790.
At the moment, the term fee for the eldest child of the Reception and Year Two-tier is £6,429.
At school the Princess will simply be known as Charlotte Cambridge to her teachers and new friends, similarly to her brother, who is known as George Cambridge.
In her first year, Charlotte will study French, Computing, Art, Music, Drama and Ballet.
“In the Reception year children will play and explore; make choices and learn to have a go and persevere; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy,” reads Thomas’s Battersea’s curriculum statement.
After Princess Charlotte’s school choice was announced earlier this year, Simon O’Malley, Headmaster at Thomas’s Battersea, said: “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.
“We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”