Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Britain's Princess Charlotte, 4, starts school

Britain's Princess Charlotte, 4, starts school

Tomorrow, the four-year-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join George at Thomas' Battersea.

The princess will be known as Charlotte Cambridge while at school.

Under the school's policy, William and Kate's fees for Charlotte will be almost 2 per cent lower than George's because she is a second child at the school.

Princess Charlotte will be putting on her new navy school pinafore this morning for her first day at Thomas's Battersea.

A new member of the royal family is all set to begin school after Prince George.

Princess Charlotte has officially become a pupil at the exclusive £19,000-a-year Thomas's Battersea this morning. Prince William and Kate dropped off Charlotte at the school gates on her first day and the family were greeted by Helen Haslem, head of the lower school.

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The co-educational school for pupils aged four to 13 is located on Battersea High Street, a 15-minute drive from Kensington Palace and their most important school rule is to 'Be Kind'. Famously, the royals do not use surnames if they have the "Royal Highness" title.

If the Cambridges' youngest child Prince Louis attended the same school, the fee - as it stands under the current fee levels with effect from September 1, 2019 - for the third child would be £5,790. Their father, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry, were similarly called William and Harry Wales when they were at school.

According to the school's uniform list, Charlotte will require a winter and summer uniform, as well as PE kit, an art smock and ballet shoes, which are all supplied by Perry in Chelsea.

"Children also take part in a specialist-taught French lesson once a week where they are given a wonderful introduction to the language".

Ahead of Charlotte's big day, look back on what the rest of the key royals' first days at nursery, school, college and university looked like.

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