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Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with big brother George by her side

Britain’s Princess Charlotte, left, with her brother Prince George and their parents Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London, Thursday Sept. 5, 2019. (Aaron Chown / Associated Press)
Britain’s Princess Charlotte, left, with her brother Prince George and their parents Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London, Thursday Sept. 5, 2019. (Aaron Chown / Associated Press)
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LONDON – Four-year-old Princess Charlotte arrived for her first day of school on Thursday morning, clutching her mother’s hand and flicking her ponytail.

The princess arrived at the school alongside older brother, Prince George, and her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince George has been studying at the fee-paying school since 2017.

“First day – she’s very excited,” a smiling Prince William said as the family entered Thomas’ Battersea school in south London. Charlotte’s fees for the school year are expected to cost around 18,915 pounds (about $23,300 at today’s rates).

Charlotte is fourth in line to the British throne, behind her brother, George, her father, William, and her grandfather Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace’s official Twitter account shared footage of the family arriving at the school Thursday morning. The video of the two Cambridge children dressed in their uniforms and meeting teacher Helen Haslem, has already been viewed a million times.

According to the school website, Thomas’s aims for all pupils to “become the best that he or she can be.” The school states its most important rule is to “be kind.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in April 2011 and have three children: Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis.

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