Decked out in his smart navy and red uniform and lugging a backpack almost bigger than he is, it’s hard to believe that Prince George is all set for his first day of school already!
The third in line to the British throne is set to start at London’s exclusive St Thomas’s Battersea this week – but just like any mum sending her first-born child off to big school, the Duchess of Cambridge is ‘a bundle of nerves’ and ‘very excited, but also very anxious’.
‘Kate’s just beside herself,’ says a well-placed palace source. ‘She’s of course incredibly excited for George and has been happily watching him count down the days until his first day for weeks now, but she can’t help being anxious.'
Friends close to the Duchess say she’s been on an ‘emotional roller-coaster’ over the past few weeks, as George’s first day at the $36,500-a-year primary school fast approaches.
The school’s headmaster, Simon O’Malley, says the school’s main rule is ‘to be kind’ and explains that the establishment places ‘a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy,confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers.'
It’s believed Kate has already taken George back-to-school shopping, where he chose his own lunchbox and drink bottle – and he’s ‘very excited’ about making new friends.
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