British Royal Family

Queen of the classroom! Princess Charlotte is so grown up as she starts nursery school

There were no tears for this tiny royal on her first day of pre-school.

By Bella Brennan
Princess Charlotte has kicked off 2018 with a bang, starting the first chapter of her education at Willcocks Nursery School in London.
To mark the milestone the adorable two-year-old posed for a series of portraits taken by her avid photographer mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, on Monday January 8.
In the snaps, Princess Charlotte beams with confidence on the steps of her Kensington Palace home.
The tiny tot looks stylish rocking a retro red overcoat by Amaia Kids, a pony print backpack by Cath Kidston, grey stockings, red leather buckle-up shoes, a pink scarf and a red bow in her shiny brunette locks.
Alongside the album, the palace explained in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning."
"The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School."
Watch out world, here comes Princess Charlotte! (Images/HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/REX/Shutterstock)
Prince William and Duchess Catherine, who are expecting their third child together, confirmed Charlotte would be attending the "kind and gentle" Willcocks Nursery School, which sits barely half a mile from Kensington Palace, in December.
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace opened up about the couple's choice, saying: "They felt it was ideal as a first step for Princess Charlotte's early education and they were impressed by the team that work there."
A rep for the school added: "We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January."
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This level of cuteness is royally sweet. (Images/HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/REX/Shutterstock)
Charlotte will be enrolled in the morning school, lunchtime club and afternoon school, attending from 9am until 4pm a few days a week to prepare her for "big school."
She will be required to take in her own packed lunch and will join a range of activities including cooking, music and acting.
The "traditional" school describes the educational environment as "fun and structured" with lots of "free play where children embark on the first stages of learning to read, write and to understand simple numbers with the minimum of pressure."
Princess Charlotte is set to welcome a new sibling in April this year.
It's expected to set the beloved family back an eye-watering sum of £19,770 (A$34,481) for three terms.
The choice will likely come as a surprise to royal watchers, who speculated the royal tot would follow her brother Prince George, four, to Thomas's Battersea, where he started in September.
What's more, the prestigious school is significant departure from the way in which George was first introduced to his schooling years - attending a modestly-priced Montessori nursery school in Norfolk.
2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for little Charlotte and her family!
In April, she'll become the middle child after Prince William and Duchess Catherine welcome their third child.
And in May she and her older brother Prince George, four, are tipped to have starring roles in their uncle Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.
Charlotte will be enrolled in the morning school, lunchtime club and afternoon school, attending from 9am until 4pm a few days a week to prepare her for "big school".

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