Handshake from headteacher as Princess Charlotte starts school

Princess Charlotte began her first day at school with a welcome handshake from staff.

The four-year-old follows in the footsteps of big brother Prince George, who has been attending Thomas’s Battersea for the past two years.

Princess Charlotte to begin school
Helen Haslem, head of the lower school, greets Princess Charlotte as she arrives for her first day at Thomas’s Battersea with her brother, Prince George (Aaron Chown/PA)

Charlotte arrived with her family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and George by car as other parents dropped off their children at the south London school.

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.

Princess Charlotte to begin school
Princess Charlotte, hides behind her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she arrives for her first day at school at Thomas’s Battersea in London (Aaron Chown/PA)

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

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