Prince William and Kate Middleton are making time amid their royal duties to take part in their parental ones: namely, accompanying Prince George to his first day of school.
The 4-year-old heir to the British throne will be starting preschool at Thomas’s Battersea in London on September 7, People reports. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanying Prince George, will be met on arrival at the school by the Head of Lower School, Helen Haslem, who will then escort Their Royal Highnesses to Prince George’s reception classroom,” Kensington Palace told the magazine in a statement.
The school is located four miles from the family's home at Kensington Palace in London. The royal brood has recently started spending more time in the city after Prince William left his role as an air ambulance pilot to commit more time to his royal duties and charitable work, which is why Prince George will not be continuing his education at the Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, where he attended nursery school.
Thomas's Battersea offers "a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy,” People reports, quoting the latest Good Schools Guide. The private institution, which comes with a $23,000 yearly price tag, has international students from all 19 different lingual backgrounds, so well-traveled George should feel right at home among his worldly peers. The school also has a well-established sports program that makes up 20 percent of the curriculum, as well as musical, performance, and visual arts.
The Duke and Duchess plan to escort George to school "as much as possible," People reports, and will at the very least be there to share in his first day. When the royal motorcade isn't available, Tomas's Battersea has a fleet of buses that often picks students up in Kensington.
Safe to say, post-bus playdates at George's house will be a hot commodity.