Prince William took Prince George to his first day of big-kid school in London

Prince George arrives with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea

These are the faces of two princes who aren’t completely sold on the daily commute to school! Prince William took Prince George to his first day of big-kid school at Thomas’s Battersea in London this morning. The original plan was for William and Kate to take George to school today, but Kate’s Hyperemesis Gravidarum put those plans into disarray. E! News reported last night that Kate was going to decide this morning if she felt well enough to take George to school, so I guess she didn’t feel well enough.

From the photos, it seems like George was fine about all of it. There were no first-day tears, although many outlets are saying that he seemed “nervous.” William seemed very gentle with him, and my guess is that Will and Kate have been talking to him for weeks, if not months, about big-kid school and what he should expect and all of that. I also think he looks tired – he had to get up early for this 30-40 minute school commute.

As for Kate, as I said, sources were saying last night that she was “unlikely” to make this trip, which says to me that she really does feel like ten kinds of hell. Kate loves a happy-family photo-op, and if she was feeling less barfy, she would have made the trip. Sources also tell E! that even though she might miss some stuff in the first few months, “Kate will very much be with George on many school rounds in the future. She and William will be very involved.” And of course, Carole Middleton and Pippa Middleton have been seen going in and out of Kensington Palace a lot in the past week.

People Magazine is even running a story about how some people think that Kate and William will eventually try for a fourth child when all is said and done. That would be…well, interesting.

Prince George arrives with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea

Prince George arrives with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea

Prince George arrives with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea

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  1. Skylark says:

    Aw, his little face!

    Poor old Kate, I bet she was gutted at having to miss this.

  2. Nicole says:

    George looks super cute. Again kids can do the long commutes most of us have done it forever. George will adjust quickly.
    Looks like he was fine and I agree they probably prepared him for what was to come.

  3. Nancy says:

    I remember two first days of school, it’s so hard. You feel like you’re losing your babies. But I still have one more to hold on to for a few years. Little Georgie is growing up fast.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I cry every time. I have one starting next week, but he feels like a big boy because he can copy the older ones. He made sure we got him a pack of his own, and he keeps packing it already with things that won’t end up going with him. I can’t imagine the day when they are gone, and I am alone. I won’t know what to do with myself. lol

      George is a little dumpling.

  4. LadyMTL says:

    George looks slightly sceptical, like he’s unsure why he’s surrounded by so many peasants at such an ungodly hour. :P Still, he’s too cute; I love the last pic of him shaking hands.

  5. Torontoe says:

    As much shade as the Cambridges can draw, the shorts and sweater combo is pretty darn cute. However between this, the baby, Pippa’s retirement and Meghan’s Vanity Fair article I feel like I’m about royalled out for the week.

  6. grabbyhands says:

    George is the absolute best. That face. That face is clearly unimpressed with the first big kid school experience and I kind of love it. I’m glad to see he hasn’t completely outgrown the Baby Churchill look he had when he was a baby.

  7. OSTONE says:

    He is so cute and his facial expressions are priceless. Have a good school year, George!

  8. Jessica says:

    He doesn’t look tired; he looks nervous. George goes to bed at like 7:30. I’m sure he got plenty of rest.

  9. minx says:

    Then you turn around and they’re graduating from college.
    He looks adorable.

  10. Loopy says:

    Anyone know why first day of school is in the middle of the week?

  11. Talie says:

    I love seeing these upper-crust British schools…even the teachers look elegant!

  12. Jaii says:

    I’m going to say this and then run, and maybe hide my face in shame but : I find Will so attractive with the shorter hair . Plus his body is just my ideal… so yeah I would!

  13. Jayna says:

    Aw, nervous little fella. He looks so cute. I feel sorry for Kate having to miss taking him to his first day at school. It’ a big deal to a mommy and wanting to be there for your child.

    • jwoolman says:

      Mommies everywhere can relax. I have absolutely no memory at all of that first day of kindergarten… or first grade etc. I skipped nursery school before it, not because I was advanced, but because my mother didn’t think she could take the stress. You see, my older brother in nursery school decided to take a little friend home to see his brand new baby sister. Except neither of them mentioned the plan to the teacher. The two three year olds just started walking. Both my mother and the teacher had a frantic time of it until the kids finally wandered into view.

  14. Lala says:

    I get that there are closer preschools, but a 30-40 minute commute really isn’t that bad. My bus ride was at least an hour when I was in elementary school (which I actually kind of enjoyed) as I was one of the first stops and my district was rural and spread out. Not that big of a deal.

    • Tina says:

      Ok I’ll say it – I’m sure they’ve gone to Battersea because the parents are much more likely to be British (and American). In Kensington everyone is Russian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, what have you. Just global wealth.

      • Maria says:

        Interesting. Isn’t it where all the Toffs and double-barrelled named aristocrats send their kids?

      • Tina says:

        What’s “it”? There are loads of prep schools about. Their choice of secondary school will really show their intentions (Eton, Gordonstoun, somewhere earthy-crunchy?) In London now, lots of parents are choosing to send their children to boarding school because it’s less competitive to get into Rugby or Charterhouse than one of the London hot house public schools. It’s unlikely that George will turn out to be particularly intellectual, so they could do worse than to send him somewhere like Gordonstoun.

  15. OTHER RENEE says:

    The day before school started, my daughters kindergarten had an orientation. Parents stayed for it. My daughter cried and my heart broke for her. The next day, school began and she ran off happily and didn’t look back at me. On one hand I was relieved. On the other hand my heart broke again but this time it was for me. She’s now in her 20s but I remember this like it was yesterday.

    • nicegirl says:

      Other Renee, thank you. What a darling story.

    • Megan says:

      I was so excited to start kindergarten. My mom says I happily skipped into the classroom and never even turned around to wave at her.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      My now happily adjusted 13 year old absolutely flipped out at the kindergarten orientation. Crying, hanging on to me. The principal was great, she came over and took his hand and brought him down to his classroom. A friend was sitting next to me and she hugged me and we both cried-it just breaks your heart to see little kids so distressed. 3 days later, he hopped on the school bus with his big brother and didn’t look back.

    • Enough Already says:

      Other Renee
      Awww, bittersweet! I remember my niece’s first day of kindergarten. She and I had always been extremely close and she held my hand in a vice-like grip during morning assembly (held outside). When it was time for the hand-off and she was to line up with the other kindergarteners to march into the lower schoolroom my niece bit her lip and looked up at me as if she was a firefighter going into a burning building. I was all kisses and encouragement as she joined the queu. She was so tiny that her backpack almost came to the back of her knees and it bobbed as she walked. Even her uniform made her look smaller, I thought. I waved until the very end but burst into all-day tears as soon as my husband and I were in the car. When we picked her up that afternoon she and a set of triplets had become inseperable and she wanted to bring them home lol.
      Enjoy these years, Cambridges!

      • magnoliarose says:

        I cried too EA. My clinger is starting next week. He is excited now, but I am not sure how he will react. If he cries, I will have to resist putting him back in the car. We are always worse than they are.

        It is wonderful that you are so close to you nieces. You talk about them a lot, so I know you had to be close.

      • lobbit says:

        Aww this thread is stirring up all sorts of bittersweet “first day” memories.

        Good luck to you and your little clinger, magnoliarose!

      • Enough Already says:

        Oh you have a wee one!! You have a clinger too – mine wouldn’t even take pictures with Santa! But tbh, as a mommy, don’t you secretly adore the clinginess? Your child will be much better than you lol. One fond bit of advice: audio will be just as special to you in the future as your pics will be. I have a video clip of my eldest niece’s first day of kindergarten. I’m straightening her blouse collar and arranging her curls while my mom holds the other niece (the kindergartener from my previous comment, aged three at tbe tine). As the toddler saw both her auntie and her only sibling/hero/playmate disappearing into the huge building she let out a bloodcurdling screech lol. She’s 13 now and I’m so glad we got it all on video. Can’t wait to play it at her wedding reception ha ha.

  16. Merritt says:

    Prince George looks adorable and nervous. I read somewhere else this morning that Maud Windsor, the daughter of Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor is also starting the same school as George.

  17. Soothie says:

    I don’t get the shade over the 30 minute commute either. My prep-schooler travels 40 minutes on a good day.

    • Clare says:

      I’m assuming your child doesn’t come with enormous security concerns that bring with them huge costs and potential inconvenience to the regular folks who live and work in London.

      Putting your child through a long commute is a personal decision, totally. Inconveniencing the many many many people with whom your child will inevitably be sharing two relatively small bridges with to get to school…that is utterly selfish and clueless. Not to mention the huge costs of his security detail, which is paid for by the tax payer. No surprise from the Cambridge’s.

    • D Train says:

      Has there been footage or actual information about a motorcade or issues with traffic? Wouldn’t he have security anyway?

      Sorry, but I would move mountains for my children. Parents would be “inconvenienced” anywhere he went. If the school was the best fit for him, they should be allowed to send him wherever they want. I am sure you would want that afforded to your child, and again, I would ask you to show receipts of the “additional” costs with him attending this school.

    • Sarah says:

      Not just the inconvenience to the peasants while George’s car breezes through. The extra danger of sending him so far, every day, at predictable times. Someone here said the cars have to go over a choice of bridges, all narrow, with bottlenecks to get to them. It could make his car a sitting duck.
      As a mom, I would never do that with my kids. I would pick the closest appropriate school, with the safest commute. You can protect a child in a school building, but if you are sitting in traffic or slowing down going over a bridge – no. That is the stuff that would give me nightmares.

      • Maria says:

        I lived in Wandsworth when I lived in London, and traffic could be a nightmare,and it was back in the eighties. Why not send George to Wetherby where his father went?

      • Well, Barron Trump is driven
        from the White House to a school in Potomac, MD two miles from where I live, and that’s at least 45 minutes to over an hour commute. The Obama girls commuted to Bethesda Maryland until they entered the fourth grade. My kids had close to an hour commute each way. I loved doing carpool in the afternoon, when all the kids would forget about me, and gossiped about everyone and everything. They became mute at home!

        The difference is there are a dozen ways to secure your child’s commute in DC; in London there are two bridges needed to cross. Nightmare commute.

      • jwoolman says:

        Actually a short trip might be more difficult from a security standpoint. Harder to choose very different routes unless you drive the kid quite a distance in the wrong direction first. In which case, might as well choose a school further away rather than across the street.

        I heard that the closer branch was boys only, and his parents wanted his sister to be able to go to the same school. If true, it might be as simple as that.

      • Tina says:

        Both branches of Thomas’s are coed.

      • Jessica says:

        It looks like this school was chosen because his cousin go there so I’m not sue why people are still arguing over why the school was chosen.

      • Tina says:

        Maud’s grandfather (Prince Michael of Kent) and the Queen are cousins, so if my maths are correct, that makes George and Maud third cousins once removed. I’m not sure if George and Maud have even met before. I can’t imagine that was a particular concern.

  18. MellyMel says:

    Prince George looks so cute but also nervous which is to be expected. I feel bad that Kate had to miss his first day…that’s a huge milestone. My mom was a wreck dropping me off, so I can only imagine how Kate is feeling.

  19. Lobbit says:

    Poor bb looks so nervous! I’m surprised Will let the paparazzi capture the drop off – but maybe if they get their shots today, they’ll back off for the rest of the school year.

  20. BeamMeUpScottie says:

    Awwww! He looks so nervous. He seems like a very shy and reserved child. Mixing with other kids will be good for him (says the armchair expert) :-)

  21. detritus says:

    I love George’s concern face. My nephew has the same exact same adorable expression.

  22. Becks says:

    George looks nervous but I don’t blame him, even if he’s been in preschool for a few years – a smaller country preschool with very few (if any) cameras around is going to be very different than a school in London with even a handful of photographers.

    I feel bad for Kate for missing it but it seems George was okay with his dad there.

  23. island_girl says:

    Sweet boy! He does seem a tad nervous. I hope that he has a great day.

  24. LW727 says:

    My kids are around his age and I hope this “proves” how miserable mommy must be feeling right now. By all accounts she’s a good, involved mom so to miss this would only happen if it were unavoidable and I’ll bet she’s crushed. George looks adorable and nervous!

  25. Kristi says:

    He always looks unhappy when Nanny Maria isn’t around.

  26. sage says:

    George has a furrowed brow like he has the weight of the world on him. He’s a cute kid.

  27. Liz T says:

    Why shouldn’t they have a herd of kids? They obviously have the money and help to make it much easier than us normal folks.

    • Sarah says:

      Because the people of England, who are losing services and may lose many more services when Brexit comes, support them. If they were self-supporting like the Beckhams, then they should have as many children as they want – dozens, even!! But each child they have is another mouth to feed, another palace to buy or renovate, another security detail, another family to dress for the next 90 years.
      And yes, the people of Britain do support them through the Duchy, which actually belongs to the British people.

  28. Shirleygail says:

    George looks tired to me. My son has the same colouring, and we gets big purple
    ‘bruises’ under his eyes when tired.
    Question: Is the woman greeting them curtseying to Pr. Geo? Does his teacher have to curtsey? Every day? How does that work in real life, I wonder?

  29. Nelly says:

    Now that Kate has missed her son’s first day of school, will this site accept she does have HG and is very poorly/not just saying it to et out of events? V disappointed with the tone Kate is always written with here.

  30. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    George is such an adorable kid! I bet that Kate, for all her faults, does seem like a good mother, was gutted to miss this.

  31. Cee says:

    Kate must be sad she missed this day. Hopefully George had a great day.

    Chances William took out his smartphone and recorded something? lol

  32. Abby_J says:

    I would be sobbing uncontrollably if I missed my kid’s first day of school. It was a huge deal for us, even if my daughter was pretty much ready for us to go away so that she could go make new friends and play. Kate had to feel awful, on top of feeling awful.

    I wonder how hard it is for the future King of England to make friends in school? I bet the kids probably don’t understand or care at that age, but I’m sure some of the crazier parents do. Did I imagine Prince William or Harry telling a story (as an adult) about threatening to set the palace guards on some kids once, and his parents having to explain that wasn’t how it worked, to him?

    George is absolutely adorable, and i hope he has a great school year!

  33. mimchen says:

    Contrary to his sister and to other royal children, George looks nervous, shy, reluctant or sad in most of his public appearances. The Monaco twins are only 2 1/2 and they’ve been taken to many engagements and always seem very well adjusted to their public life. I’m a rabid republican and I hope the British monarchy will end with QEII, but if it doesn’t, the Lamebridges should really make an effort to help George thrive. Right now, he seems scared and confused and it’s not just the first day of school effect.

    • Enough Already says:

      There’s a possibility it is just the child’s nature or petsonality. Estella of Sweden has always seemed to sparkle around strangers. My niece may have to give up violin because she becomes extremely anxiety-ridden when she has to perform in public and she’s been playing for eight years. Her sister plays piano and has been Charming the public happily since she was five. Hopefully Will and Kate are exposing their children to the public in the right amounts for their wellbeing and not the public’s. But time will tell.

      • jwoolman says:

        Can’t she play the violin and take lessons without participating in those terrible recitals aka child abuse? I loved playing the piano but the teachers always ruined it with those damned recitals. We had to spend most of our time preparing for them and they always chose stuff way beyond my skills to supposedly show off their ability as a music teacher. A type of marketing, I imagine — except who is going to attend except relatives who already know the pieces by heart?!? If they’re hoping a prodigy will surface, it’s a rather inefficient way to find one.

        I absolutely hated all of it. Kids who love performing can do them and leave the rest of us alone. I got so much further when I refused to take more lessons and could focus on the music.

    • Tina says:

      He’s also only just 4. Even though he’s tall, he’s young to be going to full time school. He’s doing so, so well. I have no time for William & Kate, but you’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel for George today.

    • Josie says:

      My niece looks quite a bit like George in photos, too — a sort of “stand back and watch, wary checking-it-out” attitude, but once you get to know her, or get a chance to see her with siblings and cousins, you realize she’s a very assertive, self-confident kid. George is half her age but he reminds me of her.

      Also, he’s looked quite bouncy and engaged when there’s sometime cool to look at. No one could call him sad or nervous on that helicopter during their last tour!

    • perplexed says:

      I think older siblings are usually more reserved.

      I doubt his personality is set in stone though.

      I was not shy as a young child, but became shy during my pre-teen years and later. It’s inexplicable even to myself.

  34. Dana says:

    The average bus route takes at least 30 minutes, regardless of distance. He doesn’t look tired to me – why would he, when these photos were taken literally minutes before 9 a.m. It’s not like he had to get up at 5 a.m. to get to school or something. And god forbid a parent choose a school based on its values and academic quality rather than its proximity to home.