Princess Charlotte of Cambridge started nursery school today & there are photos

I kept seeing stuff about Princess Charlotte of Cambridge starting nursery school last week, and I honestly thought Charlotte had already started and William and Kate were just doing everything very low-key. But no? Charlotte started nursery school today in London. The Duchess of Cambridge photographed her daughter at Kensington Palace just before they set off for Willcocks Nursery School this morning.

Charlotte turns 3 years old in May, and I would assume that the nursery school set-up is a lot like George’s old set up in Norfolk, meaning half-days and lots of fun. George got more privacy in Norfolk, but Charlotte has to go to nursery school in London now because the Cambridges are keen to take on more work this year. The nursery school comes at a crazy cost though – £14,500 a year.

Superficially, I love the way Kate styled her daughter here. I would have thought that Kate would have gone with head-to-toe pink, but no – a nice blend of brown tights, red coat, red Mary Janes, red bow and pale pink scarf and backpack. Adorable!! They seem to be growing Charlotte’s hair out too.

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Photos courtesy of Kensington Palace.

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  1. minx says:

    Oh, these are some of the cutest pictures of her I’ve seen! What a doll. Love her outfit.

  2. Esmom says:

    I cannot believe how grown up she looks! Adorable.

  3. Sparkly says:

    Wow, she’s gotten so big! She looks adorable. I think she looks so much like the queen.

  4. CFY says:

    Actually may have squealed a bit at these pictures. She’s adorable. May she have a great time at school!

  5. L84Tea says:

    Wow, she has changed! I think she’s starting to look a lot more like George now!

  6. susanne says:

    Absolutely beautiful children. I hope they are well loved, and taught the skills they’ll need for their wacky lives.

  7. Liberty says:

    Adorable. Love the color-mixed styling as well.

  8. Becks says:

    These are such adorable pictures. She is so cute.

  9. Talie says:

    Look at her posing! She seems to love the camera more than her brother. haha

  10. Tiffany says:

    20k to eat paste on a half day a few days a week.

    That is a lot of cash.

  11. KiddV says:

    I’m jealous of a toddler’s coat.

    She so cute!

  12. Nicole says:

    Wow she is adorable. I now think she’s a mini QE with the middleton coloring.

  13. Nicegirl says:

    Adorable!! A great way to start a Monday, with darling Princess Charlotte!

  14. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Cute kid – she def is a mini QEII.

  15. Marella1 says:

    This has made my years. She is such a sassy, sweet beautiful little girl. God I love these pictures.
    She looks so happy.

  16. Amelie says:

    Ah wow! She’s starting to grow into her looks. I always thought she was cute but every time we saw a picture of her she always looked so different since we’d go months without seeing pictures of her. Happy first day of school Charlotte!

  17. Nello says:

    She is precious! Love the whole ensemble but wonder what she is wearing under the coat? Does she keep it on even in the classroom like Mama Keen? Lol And narry a big shiny button in sight, Kaiser! 😉

  18. Hazel says:

    That kid’s got more eyebrows than I do! So jealous! Loved the scarf detail, too. So stylish. And as for who she looks like, beyond her own little self, I say Princess Eugenia.

  19. Beluga says:

    Very cute!

    She’s changed so much since Christmas lol

  20. sunnydeereynolds says:

    She is so damn cute! And pretty charming in these photos!

  21. Taxi says:

    She looks so happy. Love seeing that big smile. She isn’t always so cheerful in pics.

  22. AnneC says:

    After watching the episode of the Crown where poor Charles is sent off to that terrible boy’s school in Scotland, glad that upper class Britain has become more enlightened and the last 2 generations of royal family have given their children a much more modern (and kind) education.

    • Tina says:

      To a point – I wouldn’t send a child to Eton, even now.

    • LAK says:

      It’s a school that sets out emphasis on physical sport and the outdoors. Not a good fit for the arty, indoorsy Charles at all.

      However, it was the perfect fit for Philip, Andrew, Edward, Peter and Zara who all thrived at the school.

      If i have any criticism of the school is that Charles was very openly bullied and the school did nothing about it. Not just the usual joshing and teasing, but outright beatings and wetting his bed and making his life a misery. One boy boasted to a newspaper that he had deliberately broken Charles’s nose during a rugby game.

      And any boys who dared defend or befriend Charles were in turn bullied too.

      The good news is that was a different era and it’s rare to find that sort of behaviour tolerated nowadays.

  23. Jayna says:

    Aw, I love that little girl. I hope their third is a girl also, purely for selfish reasons. I love all the clothes for baby girls and toddlers, etc., so they are fun photos to see.

  24. BooBooLaRue says:

    Princess Charlotte for the win! This child is magical.

  25. Zondie says:

    Golly gumdrops! Isn’t she cute?!

  26. Sequinedheart says:

    She was always a mini QEII; My goodness she’s getting cuter by the day! More Kate in her now, & the outfit is gorgeous. I feel like she will be a stunner all grown up, hopefully with the fire of Princess Margaret and the self respect of QEII.

  27. gnerd says:

    Say what you will about Wills and Kate, they sure do make cute munchkins

  28. Jessica says:

    I remember people making comments about the bags under George’s eyes in his school photo. It’s clearly a genetic trait they both have and not from being tired at all.

  29. Lyla says:

    Isn’t she just princess Charlotte and not princess Charlotte of Cambridge?

    • LAK says:

      Only the monarch’s children are princes without dominion. Ie The Princess Anne or The Prince Charles, Andrew, Edward.

      Grandchildren don’t have the definitive article and they retain the ‘of X dominion’ title of their father because it’s a courtesy title not a right. Therefore she is PC of Cambridge rather than plain The PC.

  30. Anitas says:

    She’s very cute. Nurseries are ridiculously expensive here in London, a full time placement is easily £1000 a month and that’s just any old random nursery.

  31. feeshalori says:

    Whispering very softly in the library, “Ah, how adorable!” She has well-defined eyebrows like her mom’s.

  32. Lorelai says:

    This is the happiest post in over a year!! 😍

  33. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She’s so big now! For some reason I still picture her as a baby/toddler. But she’s grown up so much in the last year. Her outfit is adorable.

  34. Laura Dawe says:

    Little Charlotte is adorable 💕 I hope she enjoys her first day at school 😊

  35. Mar says:

    She looks just like the Queen to me.

  36. Pandy says:

    So cute! What a nice start to Monday. She’s adorable.

  37. Lobbit says:

    She is such a precious little bean!

  38. Naptime says:

    Cutie! I think she has Pippa’s eyes!

  39. minxx says:

    So adorable! I love the coat and the matching Mary-Janes.

  40. Burdzeyeview says:

    Wow hasn’t she grown since th last pics?Adorable!

  41. aquarius64 says:

    She’s cute but I don’t understand why did Charlotte’s parents like she is going to church? Other royals send their kids off to school in jeans and sneakers. Is this the dress code for the school?

  42. Suze says:

    A lovely child, who is beautifully dressed.

    Kate did a nice job with the photos, too.

  43. Betsy says:

    What a sweetheart.

    Katie and Willy must want some limelight back from Megan and Harry.

  44. magnoliarose says:

    Sweet little duckling. Her eyes gleam with personality.

  45. Petty Riperton says:

    Cutie and she’s styling, not surprised she has more personality than lil G. The spares are usually the more outgoing than the heirs.

  46. Bread and Circuses says:

    So cute! She looks like she’s got personality, too.

  47. tearose11 says:

    I can’t wait for the epic eye rolls she will be giving big bro George soon. They look like they would be the naughtiest siblings to deal with ,in a fun way, since they both look like they have huge personalities already!

  48. Peace says:

    She’s so cute, great personality

  49. Tanya says:

    She has Diana’s eyes. Love the coat. Shame she has more personality than her mother.

    • nic919 says:

      William looks like Diana and she looks like a young William. Everyone keeps saying she looks like the Queen, but she doesn’t have the same eye shape that the Queen did at her age. She may look like the Queen at 91, but that’s not the same thing. She does exhibit personality though, which is good.

  50. Honey says:

    She looks like she is going to be on the tallish side of average.

  51. kimbers says:

    lol for such a little girl she has the biggest granny vibe!!! so cute!

  52. HeyThere! says:

    Guess I’m lucky! Where I’m from, 3 day a week, 4 hours a day 3 year old private pre k is 300 dollars a month. I wouldn’t pay 20k a year for any pre k program. I gasped out loud when I read that is normal in LA, DC and London. Insane.

  53. What's Inside says:

    She has her grandmother, Carol’s eyes, the Queen’s facial shape, Kate’s nose, and the Windsor mouth. She is absolutely adorable in these photos. Diana would just adore this child.

  54. FLORC says:

    Did anyone else read Nursing school instead of Nursery school?

  55. sage says:

    How precious. She is a mix of Billy and Carole.

  56. Ce2495 says:

    Such a cutie… love the outfit. Hope she enjoyed her first day.

  57. liveandletgo says:

    adorable outfit, check. happy child, check. meh parental first day of school photos, check. but all i see is a tiny carole middleton (george is a mini michael, so it makes sense)

  58. Anare says:

    This is child who’s going places, like she has the world by the tail. You go Charlotte!

  59. Awww…can’t wait to see Harry and Meghan’s babies…cutie Charlotte needs a Princess cousin she can giggle and grow up with!

  60. Tina says:

    Anyone ever read Emily of New Moon? I remember a scene where they’re talking about her and which members of the family she looks like, and she retorts indignantly, “You make me feel as though I were made of scraps and patches!” Little Charlotte looks just like herself.

  61. Cookiejar says:

    Like the outfit but I don’t find it all that pretty. Doesn’t hold a candle to Felipe of Spain’s daughters. Now, those are beautiful girls. And it’s not about being blondes, Victoria of Sweden is/was also far prettier.

  62. wendy says:

    I must be the only one, I think she looks just like her Mom. I do love the outfit, now I’m reconsidering my life choices because I am envious of a toddler’s fashion.