The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge took Charlotte & George to school today

Today is Princess Charlotte’s first day of big-kid school. Charlotte is enrolled at Thomas’s Battersea in South London, the same co-ed school as her big brother Prince George. It was said that the Duchess of Cambridge insisted on sending George to a co-ed school so his sister would eventually join him at the same school, and I would assume that Prince Louis will eventually attend Thomas’s Battersea as well.

For George’s first day of big-kid school in 2017, Kate was pregnant and terribly sick and unable to take him to school, so Prince William did the drop-off photo-op solo with George. Today, however, Kate was front and center for her little girl’s first day. Kate wore a £215 Michael Kors dress and what looked like a fresh blowout and a lighter hair than usual. George and Charlotte wore their school uniforms and they made their parents carry their bookbags.

The kids are super-cute, obviously. George is wearing his royal pokerface, like he’s not going to show what he’s really feeling at the moment. But I bet he’ll be fine once he sees all his school friends. Also: Um, George is giving me major Joe Alwyn vibes all of a sudden, which is epic. Charlotte looks like her ponytail is already bugging her and I bet that pony won’t make it one full hour in school. Anyway… good luck to George and Charlotte. I hope they make lots of new friends and enjoy their classes!

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  1. Annie... says:

    Charlotte kills me with her combo of shyness and enthusiasm. She is a cutie!
    George looks like all the kids that are like “oh, school again?”
    William looks like he always does, and Kate looks fantastic. Love the hair and the dress! It is the same one she wore to H&M’s rehearsal dinner in Windsor.

  2. Becks1 says:

    Kate’s hair looks REALLY good – a bit shorter, bright and fresh looking, bouncy, no huge sausage curls – I don’t know if she got a new hair stylist or what, but this is a great look for her.

    I even like the dress! Overall she looks great. William looks like William.

    • Jenns says:

      I thought the same thing. This is the best I’ve ever seen her hair look.

    • Seraphina says:

      I agree Becks, I think she looks really good here. I am beginning to think that maybe I’m not digging her outfits because she has no curves. But can’t fault the gene pool. I would have loved to see her in pants and a nice top or sweater. (I’m ready for fall)

      The kids are adorable. They look great.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Her hair is the best I’ve seen it in a long time.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Agree with all! Cathy’s hair really looks great.

    • Redgrl says:

      Yes she looks really nice here. Normal Bill needs to shave his head properly. Do like my male cop friends do and rock the shaved head or super short buzz with confidence. This fuzzy half bald monk look is doing him any favours.

    • CindyP says:

      Really like the blow out; looks more mature & natural than those stupid sausage curls. Not sure about the color; looks very brassy.

    • HK9 says:

      Kate not only looks amazing, she looks comfortable and happy.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Kate’s hair, or I should say Kate’s Hair. Kate’s Hair should have its own fan club. I have serious hair inferiority whenever I see her hair. *slinks off in a huff to try to do something with mess on head before work*

    • Maria says:

      Hairstyle is beautiful but color doesn’t suit at all. It’s very brassy and clashes with her complexion.

      • Seraphina says:

        I agree it looks a bit brassy but changing up a bit is fun to see.

      • Savannah says:

        It’s brassy cause she’s so obviously does not have a warm undertone.
        A colder undertone in her highlighting or overall colour would make her really pop.
        And she should go shorter, she has the bone structure for that.

  3. Sayrah says:

    This is so precious.

  4. Escondista says:

    Agree. She’s found a nice style that isn’t twee but looks professional but casual.

  5. Oh No says:

    Those kids are so precious…shame about the family though. John Oliver was right, the Windsors are an emotional mess.

    I hope they have as normal of a childhood as anyone in their position could

  6. Lucylee says:

    For some strange reason Kate reminds me of Karen Carpenter.

  7. aquarius64 says:

    Kate’s hair looks like she had a blowout and highlights. The press was arranged for this stroll so she had to be camera ready.

    It now makes sense why William sic lawyers on the press regarding the Rose rumors. The Cambridges’ hook is the perfect English family that will one day end the monarchy. A cheating scandal takes a wrecking ball to that image.

    • one of the Marys says:

      @aquarius64 Do you mean deliberately end the monarchy? That’s never occurred to me before, that it’s part of Will’s plan to be the last king.

    • pipergates says:

      aquarius, there were cameras for George’s first day too. Of course it is arranged, as a basic quid pro quo – you get a photo of them on the first day, then you don’t harass and stalk them for the rest of their school year.

  8. Jessica says:

    Kate’s hair looks phenomenal. Much better styling than usual. I like the whole look actually. This is the best she’s ever looked in my view. The photos are lovely, but I first saw this on Sky News earlier and she looked incredible in motion too. When she looks blah she looks very blah, so here’s hoping she sticks with this look for the foreseeable future.

  9. Enn says:

    That little cutie! She’s adorable and I love her. She did look a little nervous with the ponytail fiddling. George looks like a pro.

    Kate looks fantastic, I love her hair like that and I generally like Michael Kors designs for work.

  10. Elisa says:

    Hahaha, George DOES look like Alwyn. Kate looks professional and Charlotte is too cute.

  11. Millenial says:

    George just looks so much like James Middleton.

  12. Lucy says:

    Those kids are too stinking cute! Kate looks fabulous. I doubt William is solely focused on George.

  13. Cidy says:

    That ponytail is not going to make it.

  14. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Cathy Cambridge’s hair color is too brassy for her. That’s all I’ve got. Lovely children. Horrible parents.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Its not too bad but once her tan starts fading then yeah it’ll look bad but then’ll she’ll darken it.

      I wonder if they went to the posh gym afterwards with all the other yummy mummies!!

    • LindaS says:

      @ Valiantly varnished How are they horrible parents? Maybe you dont like things you think they do but they dont appear to be horrible parents. Do you know something the rest of us dont about their parenting

  15. Bethany Karger says:

    I think Kate really looks nice today. But I wish there could be one occasion where her mouth isn’t open so wide. It always looks like a tunnel!

    • Raluca says:

      It seems to me like you’re trying to police the way she smiles

    • CrystalBall says:

      I agree. Her mouth is frequently gaping. This is a fact, whether one likes it or not.

      • Nic919 says:

        Eight years of pictures would in fact prove she often has her mouth wide open when the others around her do not. Let’s stop using the term policing for one of the most privileged white women on the planet. She’s as elite as they come.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Its done to project the image of interacting with others for photographs, not sure who told her that its a good thing to do but its not. You don’t see other public figures gurning like this.

  16. Charfromdarock says:

    This is the best Kate has ever looked.

  17. Tomasina says:

    Kate looks wonderful, it’s a perfect look for the occasion. There’s a closeup of Charlotte looking sideways at the camera and you can see that she is going to be beautiful when she grows up, and photogenic. George looks like a really, really nice little boy.

  18. Beach Dreams says:

    I dunno, I think her hair looks quite dated (which I didn’t think was possible, but Kate finds a way I suppose). That color is awful… wonder if she’ll be going full blond eventually. The prairie dress isn’t a good look either.

    • Mumbles says:

      The waves and layers around the face give off a very 1970s vibe.

      The lightening of the color probably has to do with more grays to hide. She is beginning to show some grays here and there, they are obvious when she’s pregnant. Highlights are good for that rather than just one process because the grays can blend in a little easier with the lighter hair. No shame in that game.

    • Linda says:

      Different strokes for different folks as they say. I love her hair and I really like the dress.

  19. Eenie Googles says:

    I have this dress.
    Everytime i wear it someone stops me to ask where I got it.

  20. OriginalLala says:

    Everyone looks happy. one thing i will say that I get a bit annoyed when people say things like “oh the blowout looks so professional and mature compared to the curls”, I’ve seen that written in alot of comments here and in various other spots.

    Can we stop with equating straight hair with professionalism, maturity and class? It’s a pet peeve of mine as someone with naturally textured curls.

    • Cee says:

      While I agree with you, I believe people are referring to her over done, sausage curls, not natural curls or even textured hair.

      • OriginalLala says:

        fair enough, it’s not so much about Kate specifically but the implication in those kinds of sentences, you know?

  21. JemimaLeopard says:

    Her hair looks good I like it on her… calling a pregnancy announcement soon. She always changes up her hair when she’s pregnant. Meghan has an engagement next week so the Cambridges might fancy a bit of Thunder Stealing…!

    • Becks1 says:

      I actually had this same thought lol.

    • Molly says:

      She puked her brains out and looked green for the first trimester of all her previous pregnancies. She may have gotten lucky on the fourth go around, but I vote no way she’d be up walking around this fresh and happy.

      • Becks1 says:

        @molly – we’re saying that because Kate changes her hair before announcing a pregnancy. My guess is that its before her HG kicks in – but I distinctly remember with George she got bangs and I thought “she’s pregnant and is afraid people will notice” (then they had to announce early anyway bc of the HG.)

  22. TIFFANY says:

    At first I use to see Michael in their faces, now all I see is Elizabeth.

  23. SJR says:

    Cute pictures. Time is flying by, how fast is C ready for school. I like W&K&their kids. They do seem to have a much better relationship vs. Charles childhood basically raised by nannies.

    The entire world is upside down these days, these pics show a bit of calm, I am OK with that.

  24. Original T.C. says:

    Charlotte looks great on her first day of big kid school. Agreed that ponytail is not going to make it. LOL. Hope she has fun and gets dirty like any self respecting kiddo her age.

  25. DP says:

    I think they look like an adorable, happy family. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors, but the kids seem comfortable and close with their parents. Not like some celebs’ or royals’ kids who look like they don’t spend much time with their parents.
    I can’t imagine dealing with the level of scrutiny and photographers they have to deal with all the time. It obviously has its perks, but it just seems like a lot of pressure to grow up with!

  26. A says:

    Mmm. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t like Kate’s hair. I feel like it ages her somehow, I don’t know. I’m sure she’s happy to drop off her kids though, since she couldn’t do it with George.

  27. lobstah says:

    OMG that has to be SO WEIRD to do normal things with a row of photogs just quietly taking your photo. I would be a total mess!!

  28. Mimi says:

    Does she plan on getting back to work anytime soon or is she still on her extended maternity leave? Perhaps she can count this as an engagement in the Court Circular to help her EOY numbers.

  29. Libby says:

    Looking at George and Charlotte together, I can’t help but think about how William and Harry were close once, right? Like, how would William feel about George treating Charlotte (or Louis) the way he has treated Harry? Just totally throwing a sibling under every bus they can find.

    • Susan says:

      How do you know that even happened? And you could turn it around and say the same thing about Harry if you want to believe all tabloid reports. How will Harry feel looking at his future children knowing he once screamed at his brother and sister in law? How will he feel when he realized he allowed someone to come into the family and destroy their strong bond?

      • Snap Happy says:

        Allowed someone? She’s his wife. Should he not have married his wife because his brother and sister have a problem with her? It’s pretty obvious he is very happy with his life.

  30. Flying Fish says:

    So, Kate and Williams now have two of their three kids in school, so what will they be doing with all this additional free time. Obviously, not working….

  31. Truthiness says:

    These pics look eerie to me, like a contrived movie setting, With a very curious emptiness to it. Look at it again. There is no hint of trash, not so much as a gum wrapper or cigarette stub. Hedges are coiffed. Not a corner of peeled paint, not a piece of dirt out of place nor a puddle or a weed. What magic street sweeper cleaned this stretch – it is spotless. I’ve only seen this level of spic and span at Disney. I also see no hint of diversity, it’s not even remotely similar to the world I know and I find it scary. Children in my world never looked like this. This is like cosplay for empty elites. Or is this some staged picture for the Town & Country magazine?

    • pamplonas says:

      These are taken on the courtyard of a fairly elite, expensive school. Why would you expect it to be littered with rubbish and cigarette butts?

      The school is very diverse – perhaps you should check your opinions of who is allowed to have money.

      • Truthiness says:

        Check my opinions of who is allowed to have money?? I am happy to hear you say that this school is very diverse, I am pointing out this picture and its contrived setting. Now that I think about it, most pictures of the the Cambridges have no diversity, The polo ground pictures? Turnip Toff fundraiser pictures? Watching Zara at the horse competition pictures?

      • leachglasses says:

        Wait, you didn’t think was some sort of spontaneous photo taken by an onlooker, did you?

        It was arranged ahead of time. That’s why there are no other children around.

  32. Becks1 says:

    I think she looked nervous too, but I was watching the video of the arrival that KP posted, and its super quiet with just the click-click of cameras, so I can imagine it was a bit overwhelming even for someone who is pretty used to cameras and photogs.