Excited Princess Charlotte arrives with her parents for her first day of school

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The second child of Duke and Duchesses of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte  held onto her mother’s hand today as she arrived for her first day of school with her big brother Prince George, who is set to show her around the £18,915-a-year private institution.

Four year-old, Charlotte smiled, waved and shyly hid behind her mother who was holding her bag as she started at Thomas’s Battersea in South London, where it is taught that kindness is as important as academic success.

Proudly wearing her uniform, the confident young princess was joined this morning by her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as George – third in line to the throne – as she begins her school career.

Head of the lower school Helen Haslem was waiting to greet her new pupil and shook hands with the princess, who celebrated her fourth birthday on May 2 and will be known as Charlotte Cambridge to staff and schoolmates.

Charlotte arrived with her family by car as other parents dropped off their children. Sources told MailOnline she was ‘hugely excited’ about leaving nursery and joining George at the school where he has been ‘extremely happy’.

Her older brother, who is six, started at the school in September 2017 and is said to have settled down well there, so the big day is likely to have been a little less daunting for her knowing he is around.

Kate missed George’s first day at Thomas’s Battersea in 2017 as she was suffering from severe morning sickness while pregnant with Prince Louis.

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