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The Duchess of Cambridge will miss Prince George mark a major childhood milestone today as her crippling morning sickness has forced her to pull out of accompanying him on his first day of primary school.
The four-year-old will start at Thomas’s Battersea this morning – a £17k-a-year independent school in south-west London.
The Duchess, who is 12 weeks pregnant, was due to accompany her son and the Duke to the school gates.
But on Thursday morning Kensington Palace confirmed the Prince would only be accompanied by his father, William.
The palace tweeted: “Prince George will this morning attend his first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, accompanied by his father The Duke of Cambridge.”
Kate was forced to miss engagements on Monday and Tuesday after the palace revealed she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum – as with her two other pregnancies.
George and his father are due to be greeted by Helen Haslem, head of lower school, when they arrive at the school before being escorted to his reception classroom.
The prince, thought to be one of the youngest in his year, is expected to have a gentle introduction to what is likely to be a tiring first term at school.
Kate has already said she is not sure her son “has any idea what’s going to hit him” when he starts school.
Along with his classmates, he will spend his first day getting to know teachers, adults and other children as well as completing the important task of finding his classroom peg.
George will be dressed in a smart new uniform, comprising a navy v-neck pullover, matching Bermuda-style shorts, long red socks and black shoes.
On Tuesday, a day after it was announced they are expecting their third child, William said Kate was well but admitted: “There’s not much sleep going on at the moment.”
He said: “We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well.”
After leaving George on Thursday, the Duke will host a reception for the England Under-20 football team at Kensington Palace.
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