A nervous-looking Prince George started his first day at school today.
Unfortunately mum Kate had to miss his big day as she is suffering from chronic morning sickness and is being cared for at Kensington Palace.
But proud dad Prince William drove George, four, to the Thomas’s Battersea school in a black Range Rover.
George arrived at the £18,000-a-year preparatory school in London wearing his smart uniform of blue shorts and jacket, grey socks and black shoes.
The first day of term came just days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting their third child, a little brother or sister for George and Princess Charlotte.
After getting out of the car, Prince William carried George’s new school bag and held is hand as they walked over to meet Helen Haslem, head of lower school.
George grabbed onto her hand as well, and they then walked through the school door and on to his first ever lesson. Prince William told Ms Haslem that his son had been watching keenly and “noticed” other boys going into the school in their uniforms.
He will begin by doing half days as a “gentle” introduction to school life.
Ben Thomas, principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, said there would be no special treatment for the royal, but lots of planning had gone into his attendance to ensure as little disruption as possible to other pupils.
“We are going to try and make this a really happy, safe and secure time,” he said. “The whole aim of these precious years of early education is to give children that confidence in who they really are.
“We are not going to try and mould him into any kind of particular person. I hope he will have the confidence to be himself with all his quirks and his idiosyncrasies and characteristics – that’s what I would want for all of our children.”
Prince George’s father and uncle Harry both attended prep school at a young age.