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Prince William said his four-year-old son’s first day at Thomas’s Battersea, a fee-paying independent school in south London, went smoothly.
His wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, had hoped to join him on the school run but is suffering from severe morning sickness and was too ill to attend, Kensington Palace said.
But William said the day “went well” and joked that he was pleased another parent had problems with their children rather than him.
He made the comments at a Kensington Palace reception for the England Under-20 football team – just hours after dropping his son off at school.
The Duke told head coach Paul Simpson it had been a “good day”.
He said: “It went well. There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children – so I was quite pleased I wasn’t the one.”
William added: “It was really nice actually. It’s a nice school.”
After being driven through a side gate in a black Range Rover by his father at 8.45am, George looked understandably nervous as he was greeted by Helen Haslem, head of the lower school, who shook his hand.
The third in line to the throne, who joins the register as George Cambridge, was in his new uniform: a navy V-neck jumper with the school logo over a light blue shirt, navy shorts and black shoes.
Ms Haslem and the Duke each took one of George’s hands as they walked him across the yard and disappeared into the reception year classroom.
The prince, whose birthday is in late July, will be one of the youngest pupils in his year at the school where fees start at £17,604 a year.
His mother Kate was forced to pull out of two public engagements on Monday and Tuesday after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did in her previous pregnancies. It is understood that William and Kate, once she has started to recover, will try to do the school run as often as possible.
He will be in a class of 21 pupils – one of three reception groups which are connected by a folding “carousel” door which is opened to allow group play three times a week.
The school, where Simon O’Malley is headmaster, educates about 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13 and says its most important is to be kind.
Ben Thomas, who is principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools and was headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea for 18 years, said George would not be given “any special treatment at all”.
George and his classmates will be taught a range of subjects and activities from ballet and art to drama, French, music and physical education.
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.”
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