Prince George Starts School, Pregnant Mum Kate Too Ill to Go

September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017

Britain’s Prince George will not be given “any special treatment” at school, his principal said on Thursday (September 7), as the great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth and third-in-line to the throne took his first steps into a new classroom.

George, 4, was taken by his father, Prince William, from their Kensington Palace home to Thomas’s Battersea school in southwest London. His mother, Kate, remained at home because she is suffering from severe morning sickness with the pregnancy of her third child.

Britain's Prince William accompanies his son Prince George on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)
Britain’s Prince William accompanies his son Prince George on his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London, Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

 

 

 

Helen Haslem, head of the lower school and Britain's Prince William hold Prince George's hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)
Helen Haslem, head of the lower school and Britain’s Prince William hold Prince George’s hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London, Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

 

Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)
Prince George holds his father Britain’s Prince William’s hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

 

A nervous-looking George was met by Head of Lower School, Helen Haslem, who escorted the young prince and his father to the classroom. The principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, Ben Thomas, said the school wanted to provide George with a safe and happy environment in which to learn and grow.

“Here at Thomas’s, we have these three principles of enjoyment, learning and achievement, and for the lower school children, it’s all about enjoyment. So we’re going to try and make this a really happy, safe and secure time,” said Ben Thomas.

Thomas’s Battersea, which charges almost $23,490 per pupil per year, says its most important rule is to “Be Kind”.

“Our aim for him (Prince George) as well as for all of our pupils is to provide a safe and secure and a happy environment, where he feels supported by a kind and a loving community. And I think that’s something that we’re going to be trying to achieve for him, there won’t be any special treatment at all,” said Ben Thomas.

 

Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)
Prince George holds his father Britain’s Prince William’s hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

 

Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)
Prince George holds his father Britain’s Prince William’s hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

 

Kate and William married in a lavish ceremony in 2011 watched by about two billion people around the world. Two years later, the international camera crews and photographers camped outside a London hospital to record the birth of George, and returned two years later for his sister Charlotte.

CAPTIVATING: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, come out of Westminster Abbey in London, after their wedding service, on April 29. About 5.5 million Australians tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPTIVATING: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, come out of Westminster Abbey in London, after their wedding service, on April 29. About 5.5 million Australians tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

 

George and Charlotte have since appeared on the front covers of magazines around the world and travelled on official royal tours of Poland and Germany with their parents.

On Monday (September 4) Kensington Palace confirmed that the royal couple are expecting a third child.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada in Victoria on Sept. 29, 2016. (Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge at a children’s party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada in Victoria on Sept. 29, 2016. (Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images)

 

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Victoria, British Columbia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive in Victoria, British Columbia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

 

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, on July 21, 2017.    (REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL)
Britain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, on July 21, 2017. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL)

 

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R), his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (L), Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain on Dec. 25, 2016. (REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool)
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R), his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (L), Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain on Dec. 25, 2016. (REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool)