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Prince George’s principal’s encouraging message to ‘be himself with all his quirks’

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The Queen’s great grandson, eight, went back to school this week, along with his younger sister and brother, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. George entered Year 4 at Thomas’s Battersea, a private prep school in South London for children up to the age of 13. Prince William, George’s father, accompanied him to his first day at the £18,000-a-year school in 2017.

George’s mother, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge was not present for the occasion due to illness.

She was suffering from hypremesis gravidarum – a form of severe morning sickness – during her pregnancy with Louis at the time.

A photo from the day showed George smiling as stood in his school uniform of navy shorts and jacket.

George, who is third in line to the throne, was eased into his education with a “gentle” programme of half days.

He also received an encouraging message from the principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, Ben Thomas.

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George would not be treated differently because of his royal background, Mr Thomas said, but added that he hoped the future king could be himself at school.

He said: “We are going to try and make this a really happy, safe and secure time.

“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.

“The global spotlight has been a little bit daunting but that will move on.”

Princess Charlotte also returned to Thomas’s Battersea, where she started in 2019.

Younger brother Prince Louis has also gone back to Willcocks Nursery School after he started preschool there in spring.

Royal fans have previously been treated to adorable pictures of William and Kate’s children on their first day at school.

However, this year the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen a more private start to the school term.

Neither Kate, who is a keen photographer, or William has released any back-to-school pictures.

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The couple did release a picture of Louis the day before he turned three ahead of his start at preschool.

The youngster could be seen smiling on his red walking bike wearing a backpack and blue jumper.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Taken earlier this week by The Duchess before he left for his first day of nursery.

“The Duke and Duchess are pleased to share a new image of Prince Louis.”

When Charlotte started school, the couple shared a video on their official Twitter account.

The Princess and her brother George could be seen holding their mother and father’s hands as they walked towards the entrance of Thomas’s Battersea.

The royal children will be among roughly 540 boys and girls, which the school educates each year.

Located not far from the family’s Kensington Palace, the school teaches English, maths and science, as well as more unusual subjects like “expressive arts and design” and “communication and language”.
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