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 on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)
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.
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.
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.
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.