Today was Prince George’s first day of school and from the photos, it seems like he took it all in stride. Clad in his navy school uniform, he looked like any other 4-year-old ready to learn his ABC’s (except we’re sure the rest of his class was not met by a sea of photographers).
While the future King of England appears somewhat timid as he clutches his father’s hand, he never falters. He was even seen politely shaking the hand of Helen Haslem, the Head of Lower School at Thomas’s Battersea.
Sadly, George’s mom The Duchess of Cambridge was too sick to attend this milestone event. (The family announced earlier this week that while they are “delighted” to announce that Kate is pregnant with a third child, she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness she has endured through all three of her pregnancies.)
Though mom had to stay back, thankfully dad took the reigns on Prince George’s first day of school and made sure everything went smoothly at drop-off. According to PEOPLE, Prince George will be treated like any other student and will experience no special treatment of any kind. In fact, he will be called simply George Cambridge by students and staff.
While he will start with a half day, eventually little George will ease into a full day of school and learn to adapt to his new life. Ben Thomas, former headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea and current principle of a several sister-schools, explained to PEOPLE what this transition would entail:
“The moment comes when they get to stay for lunch, which is a really big deal trying to balance their lunch on their trays. And then they will be here eventually for full days and then we start to introduce them to the breadth of the curriculum. But the emphasis is on making sure they feel safe, they feel secure and they feel happy. If we get that in place, then they’ll start to explore the world around them.”
We can only imagine how proud Princess Diana would have been to see this moment, as she always strived to make Will and Harry’s lives as normal as possible. It seems William and Kate have truly taken a page from her book.
Have the best first day, Prince George!