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Princess Charlotte starts school

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In the end, even the most confident child finds the first day at school a little daunting and Princess Charlotte was no exception. As the four year old arrived at Thomas’ School in Battersea for the start of her education there, she briefly tried to hide behind her mum, the Duchess of Cambridge before stepping out to greet her new teacher in front of an audience of cameras.

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The fourth in line to the throne is joining her big brother, Prince George, at the school and arrived for her first day there just after 8.15am. Wearing the black and red uniform and with her hair tied in a ponytail, Charlotte made the short walk from her car to the school doors holding the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand while George strolled alongside with the Duke of Cambridge.

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Helen Haslam, head of the Lower School, was on hand to greet the family on this big milestone for Charlotte. The princess soon overcame her nerves and shook hands with her new teacher who made a point of greeting her pupils first before formally welcoming their parents to the school.In a video shared by Kensington Palace, the head teacher was seen chatting happily to William and Kate before the family made their way inside to settle Charlotte into her new school.

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Until this summer, Charlotte was a pupil at Willcocks Nursery School but like every child in England, she is making the move to primary education in the school year in which she turns five. She knows her new school well, though, as Prince George has been a pupil there since September 2017.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.