Thursday, 7 September 2017

Prince George Arrives Hand in Hand with Prince William for First Day of School!

What a week it's been for royal watchers! This morning, Prince George started school at Thomas's Battersea. The significant day denoted an all-important milestone in any child's life. Like thousands of other children up and down the country, the four-year-old future king is likely feeling a little apprehensive as he begins his new journey. One can imagine scenes at Kensington Palace this morning: ensuring George's bag is filled with supplies, helping him put on his uniform, taking photos for family albums. A friend told me, when her daughter began school last year, it was the parents who were evidently more nervous than the children - attempting to hide the burst of emotion that comes with seeing your little one setting off into the world. I'm sure William and Kate can relate to those feelings today.


Earlier this week, it was announced, Kate is expecting her third child, and suffering with Hyperemesis gravidarum. The acute sickness meant she had to cancel two engagements, with William confirming at an engagement on Tuesday: "There's not much sleep going on." It was very much a touch-and-go situation and royal reporter Rebecca English tweeted yesterday afternoon it was "highly unlikely" Kate would be able to make it given how sick she is. This morning KP confirmed that fact "The Duchess remains unwell and will be unable to accompany Prince George". It must be incredibly disappointing for Kate, to have not been able to be by George's side today, no doubt she is devastated. If there had been any possible way she could have been there, she would have. The news confirms what we already knew - the symptoms she is experiencing are absolutely debilitating.


William and George arriving.


William and George were greeted by the Head of the Lower School, Helen Haslem, who escorted them to George's reception classroom (reception is a class that children go into when they first start school at the age of four or five.) It's thought there will be three reception classes in the school, with each expected to include around 20 pupils.


There's a very sweet moment in the video below when George shakes hands with Ms Haslem and immediately reaches for William's afterwards. As you can see William was every inch the attentive, doting dad, holding his bag and offering words of encouragement.


 It's daunting starting the big adventure that is school.


Richard Palmer writes:

"Oh look you've got your backpack," Ms Haslem said encouragingly as she took George's other hand to walk in. William, like the other parents, stayed on as his son settled in his new classroom. 
George's mother, the Duchess, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, was not well enough to witness the landmark moment on Thursday as she suffers crippling morning sickness. A source said: "She would have done anything to be here. "It's a big day in her son’s life but she really has been very sick."
The Duke and Duchess will aim to fit their official engagements around dropping off and picking up George whenever possible.'

William told Ms Haslem that George had been eagerly watching and "noticed" the other boys going into school. April Girl and Perth Fashion noted Ms Haslem wore the elegant Amana Rose dress by L.K. Bennett and Hobbs Simone Flats. Both brands are favoured by the Duchess.


The prince will be known as George Cambridge at Thomas's.


George will have a relative in his year. One wonders if they will be in the same classroom.

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Ben Thomas, principle of Thomas's London Day Schools said George will be treated like any other pupil.


Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. The most important school rule is 'Be Kind'. The school, has been described by the Good Schools Guide as: "A big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy. That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get." The school has a big focus on celebrating a range of different cultures within its walls, with 19 languages spoken in the homes of its pupils. It is believed Princess Charlotte will begin nursery school there next year.


The fee-paying school charges in the region of £17k per year. The choice surprised many, due to the distance, with bottle-neck traffic, they are looking at over an hour of travelling every day.  The graphic below gives an indication of the distance and route involved.


The Headmaster writes about Thomas's:

'We offer a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school. The school is structured in three, three-year stages (the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools) within a framework of 'Enjoyment, Learning and Achievement', which informs a child’s journey through the school. Children join at the age of four and leave at 11 or 13. Whilst we are proud of our record of senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers. We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world.'

Thomas's believes that the Early Years Foundation Stage is fundamental in instilling positive dispositions towards learning. In the Reception year children will play and explore; make choices and learn to have a go and persevere; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy. A stimulating environment, including a multi-sensory outdoor play area, supports the teachers’ planned activities and the children’s own initiatives for learning. The seven areas of learning and development that comprise the Early Years Foundation Stage are: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.


The Telegraph notes:

'The Prince’s new school, Thomas’ Battersea, has promised to place special emphasis on making sure new parents “feel secure” about leaving their children, with a drinks reception, handbook, and workshops to show them what their reception-year offspring are learning.
 As Prince George’s first school year continues, the Duke and Duchess will even be invited - along with other early years parents - into watch lessons, learning how to help their four-year-olds with phonics at home. Prince George, along with all his peers, has also been invited to a pre-term party to help settle in and make new friends.'
As well as a formal induction meeting, mothers, fathers and carers are also invited to social drinks before the school year starts, and will fill in a handbook with their son or daughter explaining their interests and favourite things. Children are invited to their own party to meet their new classmates and teachers. Those born after April 1, like Prince George, have the option of taking a half day each Tuesday and Thursday in their first term as they get used to formal schooling.'   

Students enjoy a nutritious and varied lunch menu adapted seasonally. Wholesome, organic and vegetarian options are offered. Think warming soups, plenty of fruit and vegetables, wheat twisty pasta, Mediterranean couscous and baked smoked mackerel served on a bed of puy lentils and lamb ragout with garlic and fresh herbs, served with organic grated cheese, baton carrots and cucumber. Desserts include tropical fruit smoothies and oatmeal and raisin cookies.


A sample menu from Thomas's.


The summer uniform for Thomas's comprises of a navy pullover with school logo, light blue short sleeve shirt, bermuda shorts and blue ankle socks. In winter, a red poloneck is worn in place of the blue shirt with long red and navy socks, and a rain jacket is added. The uniform is available at John Lewis. A pair of black, polishable shoes must also be worn.



Prince William was taken to his first day at school, in January 1987 at Wetherby, by his mother Diana, while Prince Charles was unexpectedly stuck in a snowstorm.

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Both Charles and Diana accompanied Harry for his first day in 1989. I simply adore this photo of William and Harry; Harry's darling little smile looking at his big brother...We can look forward to similar images of George and Charlotte and, of course, all three children together when Baby Cambridges arrives.


We hope George has a splendid day!


Afterwards, Kensington Palace shared this photo of William and George outside the Palace with the message "The image was taken shortly before Prince George left for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea. TRH would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received as Prince George starts school."

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Prince Charles chimed in on his grandson's first day.


I'm sure George will be rushing to see his mum when he gets home to fill her in on all the details :)


We continue to send Kate our best wishes and will keep you updated on any news.

420 comments:

  1. A much needed dose of royal cuteness to get me through a busy week! George is so precious in his darling uniform, I'm sure Kate must be a little sad to miss such a milestone but no doubt she saw him off with a few tears in her eyes. I remember the day they left the hospital with him, where has the time gone?

    Kudos to William and Kate for not having a sea of photographers at the school on his first day. It's daunting enough for any child going off to school for the first time and it's also very respectful to the other parents to not have a circus on their child's first day.

    Wishing Kate a speedy recovery and hoping that George has a splendid first day! :)

    Love Avee in SA

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    1. For anyone who's interested, there's a great fan page on Instagram called "Kate Middleton Videos". They are all very short snippets of video captured mostly by fans who met the Duchess or who were present at an engagement of hers. I personally love this page because it shows a candid side of Kate when greeting well-wishers. She is ever so polite and friendly and she often shares anecdotes of her family life especially when asked about the kids.

      Also, Chris Jackson's Instagram page shows many pictures of the Cambridges which he captured and which often ends up on magazines and newspapers. I had no idea that he travels with them on tours and foreign events. Plus he took an adorable official picture of William and George this morning at KP before George went to school.

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    2. That's a lovely picture Chris Jackson took! I think because he's Natasha's husband, they're very comfortable with him and it shows.

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  2. Dear Charlotte,

    you wrote this article in such an empathatic way! I'm sure, Kate is very sad about her absence to this special occasion. Thank you for showing so much respect.

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  3. What a dear wee boy! Happy School days George.

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    1. He is very sweet! I love him in his little uniform :) I hope he makes lots of friends there & enjoyed his first day.

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  4. Aw so cute to see George on his first day of school and such a tender moment when he shook the teachers hand ❤

    As a mother I can imagine how Kate must be feeling not being able to attend her sons first day of school. Think it confirms she must feel quite sick. But daddy William made a great job! Think in these days he has a lot to do at Kensington palace with George & Charlotte and Kate feeling sick. But I'm sure he is very caring!

    Will there be security outside the class/school building every day?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing - is there security outside?

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    2. If I recall correctly George has security in the classroom with hi!m.

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  5. thank you! I am, as always, in awe at how quickly you have your posts up!! regards from Vienna πŸ’šπŸ’πŸΌ

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  6. George is so cute in his uniform. It's sad for Kate to have missed George's first day at school. Wishing Kate a speedy recovery!

    On another note, is Ms Haslem, the headmistress wearing this LK Bennett dress: https://www.lkbennett.com/product/CDAMANAPOLYESTERMIXPinkRose~Amana-Dress-Rose?

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  7. Thank you Charlotte for a quick and lovely post! This school sounds amazing, and I love the architecture of the building. Hoping Prince George has a fun first day, and hoping the Duchess is feeling better soon.

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  8. Thank you for the lovely post, Charlotte! What a moment, helping your kid set off for the big world!... As children start school at the age of 6 in my country, it is very moving to see a little one like George. Of course, he had attended his nursery school but still. It must be very hard for Kate to have to miss it. I hope she will get better soon. William was great - it reminded me of the day when he took George to see his Mum and baby sister after Charlotte was born. The same closeness and warmth on William's part.
    Thomas's sounds like a really good school. And it's extra nice to hear George will have a relative there!
    Happy school years, Prince George!

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  9. What an adorable little boy George is. He looked a bit nervous, but so sweet. I think he'll grow up to be a sensitive and kind young man. Kudos to William for doing a great job taking him to school. They seem very close. He looks quietly proud of him. As for Kate, I'm sure she's the most devastated of all to have missed George's big day. My heart goes out to her and I pray she feels better soon.

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  10. Julia from Leominster7 September 2017 at 10:27

    George looks very cute - hope he enjoys school. Just being in the city during the week will be a change for him.

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    1. Julia, I just want to ask if you're OK. You seem a bit off lately (and I don't mean because I totally disagree with you on a few things!!), and I just want to make sure that you're OK. Truly asking only out of concern. My favorite Julia has not shown herself recently!

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  11. Prince george is so cute. Thank you charlotte for the fastest update. Hmm. So proud of Him as for the duchess i have a feeling dhe should upset ...

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  12. He looked so nervous- bless him. I had my last first day of high school a couple weeks ago. I was SO nervous. I hope he had oodles of fun. :)

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    1. Starting a new school or job is always nervous, no matter how old you get! I hope your high school experience will be great :)

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    2. Yes. Also hoping your high school experiences will be good memories for you in the future. :)

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  13. I can't belive he's so big! In his a bit too large clothes for growing in!

    I feel so sad for Kate, she must hate missing out on this. I know my mum did when she had to miss my first day! Sure, there are worse things in the world, but this must really suck for her! But George still had his proud and doting Daddy! Wonderful to see these pictures (and extra wonderful know they are not taken by a wall of clicking!). What a big day! I hope he had a really fun and interesting first day and that Kate can start to feel a bit better!

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    1. No doubt he'll fill those clothes very soon! I think he's going to be a very tall lad.

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    2. I must be awful missing your eldest's first day of school. I still remember the dowager walking me on mine. Kate must really be ill to miss that.

      I was almost expecting Carole to be there in Kate's stead.

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    3. Little George looks like a cute little thing - trying so hard to be brave without his Mom there ! I think it is very sad for Kate to miss George's first day. It is a very big deal for her, William and little George. Kate is so devoted to George, I am sure it would be a lot more joyful for him had she been there. I am sure she is gutted as is William - he also looked pensive. So I feel very sorry for Kate right now and do really hope she is not suffering too much.
      George looks very different from William on his first day. Firstly he is a carbon copy of Michael Middleton, and second he seems a lot quieter and more shy than William. Which is a great thing - he may actually end up being the academic type. I hope he is at least given encouragement to try and excel at academics and not just pushed into only sports.

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  14. I'm so sorry for both Kate and George that they missed this special morning together. I know a child always wants his mom there on the first day, whether it's drop off or bus pick up. My 10 yr old still wanted me there this year. But how sweet to see William with his son and what will be remembered in years to come when looking at these photos is that William was there for him and not that Kate wasn't there.

    Is George going full time - 5 days per week? I'd been wondering this, and then read about the younger ones going two half-days per week. It seems like 5 full days is quite a lot for a just turned 4 year old.

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  15. Lynn in SC - prepping for Irma7 September 2017 at 11:24

    My daughter will be 30 in a few days and even after all this time when I read about Kate's HG I still remember how horrid it was. My heart goes out to Kate and all others who experience HG.

    I am looking forward to a new baby, but I know too well how hard it is.

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    1. Lynn, your comments really hit home to me for some reason...although I have read accounts of the symptoms of HG, when I read your comments they made me remember the times when I have had a stomach virus - usually only 24 hours thankfully - and how horribly sick I felt....I could barely even lift my head off the pillow, and prayed for the virus to pass by quickly. To feel that way for days, weeks, or even months, I cannot even comprehend. As I said before, for Kate to know she would likely go through this again with another pregnancy, and still choosing to do so, they must so very badly want this child. I hope all goes well and that Kate and William have the big family I'm sure they have dreamed of for years.

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    2. Agree it sounds terrible, and it is very hard to watch someone else throw up and dry heave for hours on end. I hope they can get on top of it with medication and IV fluids. After 2 prior experiences I hope they have some good medications at the ready that work again for her and that she does feel better by the fourth month as before.

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    3. I agree, hopefully they know what works by now and might get a quick handle on it, if possible.

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    4. Plus Kate is thin to begin with and I bet she drops close to 8-10 pounds before things settle down. I am sure part of the reason she stays so slender for so much of her pregnancy, she has to gain back 8-10 to just get back to her starting weight and then gain for the baby all in about 4 months!

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  16. anna once more... the speed with which you had the extended post up! �������� I am wondering if anyone else noted there was no curtsy when greeting William?? I thought who knows... we might be headed for less formality in general in the future? Looking forw

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    1. Queen of the South7 September 2017 at 19:22

      I love curtesy's, so I am sad that we see them less and less. I think I can count the number of times William and/or Kate has been curtseyed on one hand. The same goes for all the younger heirs. In general only the mornarchs get curtseyed regularly.

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    2. QUEEN of the South. Why does it not surprise me that you love curtsies? lol
      I love them too, btw, and hopefully as Wiiliam and Kate "advance" in rank we will see more curtsies and consistently so.

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    3. Curtsies look best when performed while wearing a gown I think. They seem a bit too obsequious in this day and age though. They are done from a position of subservience.

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    4. I don't know. I liken curtsies to people standing when a judge enters the court. Or when salutes are given to acknowledge rank in the military. And even when the guests stand as the bride begins her walk down the aisle.

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    5. I think the curtsies can disappear at this point for anyone but Queen Elizabeth and for her I say fine to do because of her age. I would not curtsey if meeting Charles and Camilla or Catherine and William. A handshake would be all. I am not British but I would not do even if British. I think it is different from standing for a Bride or a Judge. I have never given it any thought but this is my first thought.

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    6. ali, I too think curtsies will eventually go extinct. It's an old fashioned tradition and I think when William is king, a lot of fussy and ridiculous traditions will go out the window.

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    7. Curtsys have a much different feel to me, surfer girl. Can't quite put what I think into the right words, but I don't feel the same way. Curtsys were required whether you had respect for the person or not back in the day. They have a much more obedient quality to them to me, much like bowing, scraping and backing out of a room.

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    8. Curtsies may always have a place, albeit small, at more formal events, such as balls etc. My favorite moments of recent royal events were Princess Anne's curtsie before the Spanish royals, followed a few weeks later by Princess Charlotte's curtsie on the German tour. Such a delightful linking of royal manners and protocols.

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    9. It will be interesting to see the future of the curtesy. :)

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  17. Looking forward to your comments! πŸ€—

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  18. Thank you Charlotte for the speedy post! Sweet George, like most four-year-olds, looked a bit apprehensive on his first day at a new school. Kate must be feeling pretty wretched if she had to miss this important day in her firstborn's life. I hope she's better very soon!

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  19. Just a little and rather irrelevant observation - George has a small wound beneath his right eye. That made me smile. He's probably quite rambunctious and very active with his little sister in private, just like any other child. And it reminds me that God willing, there'll be another little sibling to join them soon. How fun! I've always wanted a baby brother or sister growing up, but it was never meant to be. They are blessed.

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  20. Thank you for a lovely post Charlotte. Although it is so sad for Kate not to have been there as he arrived for his first day of school I think it is wonderful that William was front and center with George. It is a great example of fatherhood, the dad holding the backpack and walking into school hand-in-hand with his little boy, chatting to him all the way.

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    1. Agreed, Jo!

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    2. Good point, Jo! It's a wonderful father and son moment, and often I don't think we give William enough credit for being a good dad. He's more than capable in guiding, comforting and giving George structure in his big day in big boy school.

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  21. I still remember watching William, then Harry, so this is surreal to now see William as parent! George looks adorable and has that familiar royal child look, a bit bewildered by the interest/attention.

    I do feel for Kate being so ill, but there's a lot of hand wringing on how awful it is. Just some perspective, many working mothers never make it to a first day, just isn't possible. I've seen many grandparents etc over the years, the parents have to say their good byes at home. So I feel for anyone who wants to be there but can't.

    Was it odd to anyone else that the head kept holding his hand? That pic made me do a double take with the hand in hand appearance!

    And for any young mothers or future mothers out there, if at all possible pick a school close by! Mark my words, your own convenience is just as important and day after day, year after year, you'll be thanking yourself that you did. Your day will just slip away from you with young children, use your time wisely ;)

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    1. Ofc there are many parents that can't. And I feel just as sad for them. My mum had to miss my first day. And it sucks. But that's life. It IS sad that Kate had to miss it. Not "people starving" sad but it IS sad that she and all other parents that wanted to but couldn't.

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    2. That's exactly as I said. I feel for any parent who wants to be with their child at this time (or any time) and can't. Such is life. It is sad for Kate, never said it wasn't. I've just seen an awful lot of comments that it's positively tragic so was trying to add a little perspective. It happens all the time.

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    3. I think it's just the changing of language (love being used as like etc) and the lack of hearing tone in the written language. I think people in general this it's about the same amount of sad, just that we express the same thing differently.

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  22. It truly is "extra wonderful that they weren't taken by a wall of clicking". Such a special day. And is William beaming or what, lol. It does seem like only yesterday that Kate and William were leaving the hospital with baby George. He is really sprouting up and looks noticeably taller than before. The photo of George shaking hands with the teacher is already Iconic. :) He should feel a little more at ease having another Windsor there. He looks so huggable. :) Continued prayers for Kate. I'm sure George is concerned about his mummy in addition to first day excitement. Okay so their school menu has made me extra hungry this morning, lol. (Thanks, Charlotte.) :)

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    1. The menu sounds delicious! I wish I had meals like that when I was at school :)

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    2. I was coming down to remark on the menu as well. Good lord, my school menu didn't look anything like that! I remember school cafeteria from school in Edinburgh. We didn't have a choice and they were big on blancmange and semolina for pudding.

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  23. And could that photo of William and Harry be any cuter? I think not. :)

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  24. Poor Kate. HG is bad enough when you just consider the physical aspects but the emotional and mental parts take far longer to recover from. Being unable to participate in the important things in your child's life due to HG can chisel away at your soul. I really do hope she has someone she can talk to about her feelings and where she is mentally. Mom guilt is horrible and it is so hard to get over it or stop castigating yourself for your perceived mom failures. Poor George looked so shell shocked in a way today. But I'm sure Kate felt worse than he did about her not being there. For her sake I hope and pray her HG gets better soon or that she is far enough along that it naturally starts to sideline her less and less. Hope this post made sense. One of my new medications makes my head fuzzy sometimes.

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    1. At least you have medication to blame if your posts seem fuzzy, Courtney! :) The rest of us have no excuse.

      (But they aren't fuzzy.)

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    2. Nope. They certainly are not fuzzy, Courtney. :)

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  25. The cooks look like a fun group. Did I see one of them wearing a fake mustache? :)

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  26. George looks so cute in his uniform! Proud Dad William is there for support, so lovely. I hope that Kate feels better soon, so she can come along too. It would be very sad for her, not being able to go. Best wishes to them all for a happy school year ahead!

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  27. I seriously cried when I saw Kate was not there for George's first day of school. She must be devastated.

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    1. Me too Mrs T. I was sad for her and little George.

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  28. IMO the American lunch you describe should be enough for children... you don't want them to feel too full, as their concentration will suffer...

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  29. A bittersweet moment for both George and William. You can see it in their eyes! I love watching William with George. He is just a wonderful and loving Farther. I think George has inherited William's kind and sensitive spirit. And they both seemed a bit lost without Catherine's outgoing joyful spirit, too. So sad she could not have been there. I'm sure she will hear all about it from both William and George. We wish the little fellow the best and lots of courage.

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  30. Tammy from California7 September 2017 at 15:12

    He is the cutest little boy! He has inherited the Middleton gait. I can't imagine not being able to be at my child's first day of school. Devastating. I wish grandma Carole could have gone in her place. I am lucky that my son had is "Amma" at his first day (every year so far, GO AMMA!) of school. It made such a difference for him, his Amma cheering him on!

    Best wishes to George on his first day!

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  31. I would have starved to death at that school... #pickyeater #wheresthemac&cheese ;)

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    1. "where's the mac&cheese", lol, lol.

      I thought that too. I love the menu but it is rather a sophisticated one for a child's palette perhaps, and although I have no doubt that Kate feeds them organic food and such, I seem to recall either she or William saying that spaghetti was one of George's favorites. That is definitely in the mac&cheese food group. :)

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    2. In my country hamburgers and fast food are forbidden at schools..

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    3. They have made more healthful options available at a lot of schools here in California also. What country are you talking about 20:20? :)

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    4. South Europe, Mediterranean diet..

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    5. Thanks. Mediterranean diet is a favorite in our family, also.

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  32. Missing the first day of school is not important. My father was at work on my first day and we both survived. I don't even remember it. Let's not be saccharine.

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    1. Ofc people survive. There can be different levels of "sad". It's one of those "that sucks" things. And the first day of kids school is often a big deal, especially for the parents. So feeling sympathy for Kate (and other parents like your father and my mother and father etc) hurts no one. We can feel sympathy for that and a lot of other worse things at the same time!

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    2. I think there needs to be a healthy balance. It's not like this is the first time George has ever left his parents for the day - he went to nursery. And I think big photo ops like this one are overdone for both royals and commoners! I know I saw tons of "back to school" photos on my instagram feed recently, but I don't think my own mother ever immortalized the occasion 30 years ago lol. There's such a big focus on looking perfect in photos and putting your life on social media these days.

      That said, it is sad that Kate couldn't join him but she has many years of school drop offs in her future!

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    3. Is it saccharine to feel empathy for Kate given the circumstances? And let's remember that this is no ordinary first day at school. Everything these children do is photographed and reported on so I can see W&K being especially anxious for it to be a positive experience.

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  33. Lovely photos of George on his first day! Very sad kate had to miss :( I am sure she is not happy about the situation.

    I have always wondered, does George have protection officers when he was at nursery and now at school? Does anyone know how that works?

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    1. I'm not 100% sure but I'm pretty sure he always has protection officers. I don't know if they follow him around the school and such but they surely will be stationed.

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    2. good question, Beau. Since the boys had their own PPO's while at university, etc., I would assume George and Charlotte will have their own PPO's also. As for the school, my guess is it has been secured like Fort Knox, lol.
      William's room at St.Andrews was, even to the point of a bomb proof toilet. I don't suppose they will publish their security measures. I found out about the bomb proof toilet from a coed, at St.Andrews's science major that I sat next to on a flight from the East Coast to California. That info was later confirmed to me in a news outlet. She also said that the dorm mother now resides in William's old room. This was a few years ago.

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  34. Oh Kate! Sigh. Feel better soon! Little George is off to a great start with Prince William by his side. And that Ms. Haslem sure knew just what to do to help him feel at ease. :)

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  35. Firstly, Charlotte, I want to thank you for your wonderful blog. I comment but I never say enough how much I appreciate the research you put into your posts. They are so informative and go beyond fashion, which we all love, of course. Prince George is ADORABLE!!! He reminds me of his Grandmother Diana with his shyness. It is easy to tell how involved William and Kate are in his daily life by how attentive William is to him. I feel so badly for Kate not being able to attend his first day. Not only does she feel badly from her illness, but I am sure she is feeling guilty over not being able to go to George's first day of school. I hope she will realize that it is nothing that can be helped and that taking care of herself so that she can get better is really what is best in the long run. I hope George has a great first day of school. I did not realize George has a relative attending also. Maybe they can connect and all this newness will make it easier for the both of them.

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  36. Hadn't thought of that. Having Carole there would have been helpful I think.

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      Somehow I doubt that when Charles missed William's first day anybody suggested that Phillip steps in. ;-)

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    3. Thanks Rebecca. I agree too.

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    4. I agree as well Rebecca. It was Daddy's opportunity to show he is perfectly capable of being the parent.

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    5. Had Carole been there, the headlines would not have been kind. DM: "Grandma Carole takes charge in Kate's absence."

      Clearly, George has TWO loving and tactile parents. It's very unfortunate that Kate couldn't be there, but I think William did just fine. You can see the bond between father and son. Very sweet indeed.

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    6. Caroline in Montana9 September 2017 at 00:58

      I agree Royalfan, the press would have been more than unkind if Carole had been there, i see nothing wrong with William bringing his child to his first day of school by himself.

      Queen of the South, I loved your comment about how Charles missed Williams first day and no one asked Phillip to stand in, still giggling over that a day later:)

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    7. I think it's fine that William took George by himself but I think it would have also been fine if Carole had come along. But obviously they couldn't do that because the media is already portraying Carole as a dominant and meddling presence in their lives. It's a pity. If Charles had come along, the media would have been like: how sweet! What a great grandfather he is! Obviously he wouldn't and neither would Philip but that's not Carole's fault is it?
      It didn't use to be common for grandfathers to play such a prominent role but times are changing. I know a family where the grandfather does a lot of the babysitting and I'm sure there'll be a lot more men like that in the future.
      And I think taking grandparents along for milestones such as this does not imply that the the father can't handle it alone, it can also just be a nice experience for the grandparents to have.

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  37. George is adorable, but how sad his mother had to miss this milestone.

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  38. 8 days and counting.... πŸŽ‚πŸ’

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      I must be out of the loop! What happens in 8 days in the duchesses life? I am assuming you are talking about her as this is her blog!!?

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    2. Caroline. Nope. Since Meghan's cover on Vanity Fair appeared recently on DKB, a conversation was started here about Harry once mentioning he would want one day want to get engaged on his birthday (September 15). Since their 21 days in Africa, some of us here are awaiting September 15 with hope that that will happen. It's a gentle countdown to that day.

      And it's 7 days and counting, πŸŽ‰

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      Oh I get it now. I do not follow Meghan as I'm just not really into her. I do know that our wonderful Charlotte has started her own blog for her elsewhere.

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  39. Good luck to George on his first day of school. And wishing Kate a speedy recovery. And omg that menu is delicious

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  40. My heart actually aches for Kate xx

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  41. Again, the Cambridges have a sterling family photo album/family diary all concise, positive and in one easily referenced place with Charlotte's Duchess Kate Blog. What a blessing.

    I think Charlotte deserves an O.B.E. or something for her excellence in Journalism and as Goodwill Ambassador for the Royal Family, British History and Tourism and I am very much convinced that she will receive one sooner or later.

    I will start things off with this. πŸ₯‡πŸ†πŸŽ‰❤️
    :)

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    1. I heartily agree, surfer girlπŸ˜‰

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    2. I agree too surfergirl! These are very kind and deserving words spoken for our dear Charlotte:)

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    3. give honor where honor is due, right? :)

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  42. Julia from Leominster7 September 2017 at 18:26

    Probably getting in trouble here again but feel much more sympathy for George on this day than Kate.

    I do think this is a planned pregnancy as all Kate's have been. - given the hint in Germany when I don't think she was pregnant yet. (I'm starting not to believe in the eleven weeks - think it's a misunderstanding - Kate looked very healthy/slim visiting the gardens - and her previous HG started relatively early. When she was badly affected in her first pregnancy she looked very drawn and thin.)

    But if it is a planned pregnancy Kate would know she was likely to fall ill given her past history, and would miss events in the autumn which could include George's first school day. It's a decision she and William made.

    But it's not a decision George made. I think he did fine just with dad to arrive, but it must be very confusing for a little lad to have his mum very poorly right when he's starting a new big school - even with the support he's given. The first weeks at a new school are very challenging for little ones, sometimes even more than the first day.

    Children worry terribly when a parent is ill - I recall hating it when my mum was ill and being sick - it was actually frightening - and have seen the same response with other children too. Nannies and grandparents can only go so far to ease that concern. It's an awful lot to put on those very small shoulders.

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    1. I get what you're saying, Julia. I do. But I also think George has 2 very present parents, a present Nanny and all around a very comfortable supportsystem (in many ways). So while, yes, he probably worries about mummy and might have wanted her there, he has his father there. All things concerned I don't think it will be a big deal. Not more than many other things in a childhood that has a possibility to become a big deal.

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    2. Julia, maybe they planned very well, in "accordance" with her earlier pregnancies. And maybe, just like Steve de Shazer, a famous therapist used to say: "Sh.. happens" - and the HG started earlier, or lasted longer, or got worse when it used to get better, or the medication didn´t kick in like before...... I was disappointed, too, that all my high hopes after that brilliant spring campaign about mental health and them moving to London (Ah, we get more "briliant campaigns" and more tours!!) were smashed by "that" announcement - but suggesting that she didn´t care much about possibly not being at George´s first school day (because if she had she would have "planned" it differently) is taking it a bit too far.... But, I guess, she can´t do anything right with you at the moment.....

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    3. I think George is absolutely fine. William was wonderful with him and he bravely conquered his big day in spite of the natural nervousness. Conceiving cannot be planned to a tee and there's no way these details can be precisely determined in advance. George is lucky to have two very present parents in his life. This support, love and teamwork is what makes it work for them, and why I believe they made the decision to have more children in spite of Kate's difficult pregnancies.

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    4. Rebecca, I agree. I think parents make much more of the "first day of school" than the children do. After all, George did actually start school already in Norfolk....he probably doesn't realize this is a different "milestone." And I think he seems very close to William and although I'm sure he would have liked to have his mum there, I don't think it was actually traumatic for him.

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    5. I don't get what you are saying Julia. I know you have issues with Kate but I think this is a real reach. Let's not take a chance I could get pregnant because George is due to go to school? I understood your other comments about the third child legislation, I understood about the bad timing with ramping up on engagements. But this one is really odd to me.

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    6. Julia, yes you're in trouble! (lol). To suggest that Kate should not have planned to have a third child because her pregnancy might limit her ability to give her children her full attention for awhile is really unrealistic. There will be many occurrences and circumstances that will keep George's parents from giving him (and his siblings) their 100% attention 24/7. It's life. All parents do their best to protect their children and make their happiness their top priority, but there's only so much you can do - life isn't perfect and fair all the time and children do need to learn that Mom and Dad have places to be sometimes, get sick sometimes, need to turn their attention elsewhere sometimes. Yes, George might have been a little confused, and worried about his mom, but I'm sure it wasn't traumatic and I'm sure he knows his mom loves him and was sorry not have been there. Having a younger brother or sister throughout his life, experiencing the joy of being part of a large family, will be far more beneficial to him than the few minutes with his mother dropping him off on the first day of school.

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    7. If they "planned" the pregnancy of course in natural circumstances it is not an exact science, lol. And. There may have been a myriad of other considerations concerning a "planned" pregnancy that we are not aware of. Kate wouldn't knowingly be cavalier about George in any event, in my opinion.

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    8. I agree about more sympathy for George, it is all very daunting when you are only four years old and starting school no matter who you are; but I have more worry and concern for Kate because she must be really sick to have been faced with the decision to not go with her son to his first day of school. With that being said, I think that in retrospect it may have worked out well with William taking him to school. If George was worried about his mother (and am sure he is as HG will affect the whole household), if Kate had been there, he might not have wanted to leave her side when faced with going into the school. There could have been tears, and that, as any mother knows is heartbreaking. George looked apprehensive but had the comfort of his father to help him through. William and Kate appear to be very loving hands on parents and I think it shows; Kate would be proud of how George handled himself!! cc

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    9. Julia from Leominster7 September 2017 at 23:51

      I'm not saying there was a better time necessarily for Kate to have a third pregnancy - and I'm sorry for anyone who is ill or in trouble -

      I'm just saying the situation rested more in Kate's knowledge of possible consequences and people do take such things into account when trying for another baby - I would almost risk a substantial flutter on the fact she intentionally held off falling pregnant until after Pippa's wedding in May. I would have been completely gobsmacked if she had fallen pregnant before that happened.

      (Just had lunch with one of my friend's who had H.G. whose pregnancy really was an 'oh no!' accident - she has to work and two pregnancies were as much as she wanted to endure. But Number 3 is now off to university - time does fly!)

      George is having his mum ill when setting off on a great new adventure - something completely out of his control - not just on this day but potentially during the next few weeks. No I don't think there'll be any lasting consequences, but it is more than her missing one school run - it's one more thing for a very small child in a very new situation to have to think about - and I'm very much of the opinion Kate is normally a hands on mum. So my greatest sympathy is for George.

      I expected Kate to have a third child - the environmental issue was never mine - it's something Charles has promoted that he may now wish everyone would forget.

      But whilst understanding Jo's suggestion of just enjoying Kate without worrying about the future or the world at large - I've never been able to see any royal out of the context of their role in society - to me, that's the whole point of them as distinguished from celebrities who are there just to entertain. I know that's not a popular view here, but it is mine - perhaps why I was so much a supporter of Diana in spite of her personal issues - she always seemed to care about the world.

      So I can't ignore the current issue of the cut in credits for third children and my usual argument that royals justify their enormous privileges by duty and work is floundering a bit at the moment. It's not just about whether Kate should have a third baby or not anymore than Charles and Camilla were just about two people who wanted to get married or his divorce from Diana was just about two people who didn't hit it off - in royals the very personal and public have an odd mix.

      I doubt anyone here cares - but here's an article on the issue of third children.https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/03/two-child-limit-on-benefits-are-you-going-to-be-affected

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    10. Julia, when I was 4 my mother fell pregnant. She had miscarried the previous pregnancy and apparently she was constantly bedridden for fear of losing the second. I remember none of it. No confusion at all.

      I remember her taking naps with my 2 year-old brother while I played on my own. Or sometimes she played with me while my brother napped. I recall drying dishes after dinner (which she prepared without fail in spite of the high risk pregnancy). I remember Sunday afternoons playing in the park and travelling to join my grandparents for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The rest? A general blank.

      I don't remember my first day of school. Or my mother walking 200 meters to the highway with me and putting me on the school bus with 50 other children and anything else that might have happened after. After that day I walked to the bus by myself.

      Our darling George will hardly be traumatized. By Christmas I bet he'll not be able to tell anyone much of what happened that day. Catherine, I suspect, will be fine as well. Rational, emotionally healthy adults take minor disappointments like missing an occasion when it can't be helped (no matter how important) in stride.

      As for expecting Catherine to be more responsible so as not to "plan" a pregnancy (knowing she gets HG) to coincide with George's first day, IMO that's beyond unfair.

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    11. Julia, I, too, believe that you cannot plan a pregnancy to a tee.

      Regarding the tax credits article ... is everyone, regardless of income, entitled to the credits? Or is the government trying to deter people who cannot afford to support their families from having more children for the sake of receiving benefits? I'm not sure which way to read this.....

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    12. Julia from Leominster8 September 2017 at 05:02

      I don't expect her to plan (although I do think she planned to avoid a pregnancy that would interfere with Pippa's wedding - which is fine.) I just don't feel more than average sympathy for her missing the occasion and feel more for George.

      What we remember varies. I have strong scary recollections of my mum being ill at one point, even though my nana lived with us and took care of me. I'm not sure how old I was though.

      My husband has a vivid recollection of his mother being ill and bedridden during her pregnancy with his younger sister. He was five - that extra year must make a difference for he certainly remembers it - his mum had gestational diabetes, which was not as well treated in those days - she was probably was fortunate she didn't lose her sight - or her life. Leo says he had no affection for the little sister who was the object of this - in fact he says jokingly he would have happily sent her back - seeing her as the cause of the trouble. Granted they didn't have servants and his dad had to take on a lot including all the cooking. Like you. Leo was taught to help. Needless to say, Leo and his sister get on beautifully now but perhaps his experience is why I felt sorry for George.

      However, Kate is unlikely to be ill so long, so that will make a difference.

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    13. I don't see why George and/or Kate need our sympathies here.

      The deal being made over the first day of school is bigger than necessary here. George is 4. At most, when he'll be older, he'll have hazy but lovely memories of his dad taking him to his first day. Complete with a cute picture and video made public. That's it.

      Unless he develop issues with Kate, he won't be sitting on a therapist chair because his mom wasn't at his first day while she was under the weather for a pregnancy.

      There are children who must deal with parents dealing with addiction, parents who have serious illness, absent parents, parents who are deceased. Those situations sad and tragic. Most have working parents who can't always be present for their kids milestone. Kate and George will be okay.

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    14. Julia from Leominster8 September 2017 at 18:09

      royalfan - here's a link - http://www.litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/tax-credits-and-benefits/tax-credits
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      http://www.litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/tax-credits-and-benefits/tax-credits/what-child-tax-credit

      As you can see, this change is basically designed to get low income families to limit the number of children they have note - you don't need to be working. - needless to say, this change is controversial.

      As I'm sure you know, one of the biggest republican arguments is that royals are basically very rich people living on public benefits. This isn't true of course, but there's no question the royal family is subsidised in many ways. That's why the amount and value of royal work is so much at issue and why I can never just see the royal family as entertainment - particularly at this moment in time.

      (The other main republican argument is equality which personally I feel is a much stronger one - but we all know money talks.)

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    15. I don't think the issue of third children is a very clear-cut one. There's a fine line. You're at 1,8 children per woman in the UK and you may want to get the numbers down. We're at 1,4 in my country despite tax credits for all children, no matter the amount, and people are looking for incentives to get the numbers up. Denmark is at 1,7 and also very much looking to get people to have more children. So right now people in the UK may want to reduce numbers but if they fall significantly, the opposite could soon be true.

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    16. I'm surprised to read you don't think that the royals are rich people sucking on the public teat, Julia. I agree about the equality argument; it's ridiculous to think they're somehow better than the rest of us because ancestors won a few battles or were sneakier than the next guy back in the day.

      None of them are poor; they all have their trust funds (and I actually do recall an article about the QM setting them up for her grandchildren; would be quite surprised if the Queen hasn't done the same). But they are supported by at the very least quasi public money. They don't earn their sources of income in the way we do. They also don't pay rent on their homes if they're top tier. Edward and Sophie get subsidised rent on Bagshot Hall from the Crown Estate. Andrew probably does too. And we all know neither HM, Charles, or William/Kate pay rent on their homes in London. The Queen gets money to fix things in BP, which her office then misuses and she gets more. Their 24/7 security is part of the police budget which is municipal not private. There were security upgrades to the Middleton's house because Kate and the children are there a lot and I doubt any of them paid for that. So not sure why you say that. I don't agree at all.

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    17. Julia, thank you for the links. Interesting reading and I see where you're coming from. But perhaps I should spare Charlotte and keep MY thoughts on this subject to myself. ;-)

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    18. Julia from Leominster9 September 2017 at 04:53

      It's not a population issue - it has to do with containing benefits. The numbers issue does come up sometimes with Brexit though.

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    19. bluhare. you got the picture thingy to work. :)
      It is no doubt cute (of course) but I can barely make it out. :(

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  43. So nice to see a more relaxed prince George outside the palace doors ❤ and even if it's so sad that Kate hadn't been there, I have to admit I love seeing this father/son relation πŸ’•

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      take heart. Take in the joy, smiles and lightheartedness of that moment. πŸŽ‰

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      A very charming photo.

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      Actually, as I'm understanding it now - that charming photo was taken before he left for school - not afterwards which is what I firs supposed.

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  44. I noticed that George's height right now puts his hairline just about level with William's belt, lol. That might be a way to sort of measure how fast he's growing in the future. Just maybe. :) (Unless William starts wearing hip huggers or 1980's "dad pants".)

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  45. I could tell Prince George was nervous, and understandably so. But, oh soooo cute in his uniform. I love family togetherness, and seeing a father involved with his children. Wonderful to see Prince William bringing his son to school. I hope Kate feels better real soon. Thanks, Charlotte.

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  46. What a daunting big school for a four year old coming from a small rural nursery but I'm sure he will settle right in. Time is flying! Seems like yesterday he was a newborn being held in his parents' arms on the stairs of the hospital. I'll be positively nostalgic when it will be Charlotte's first day of reception.

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    2. Lol. I didn't think of that, Rebecca:). Maybe he was right at home after all.

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    3. Truly, Rebecca. Never thought of that before but it sure is a factor no doubt.

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    4. Rebecca ... LOL and what an understatement. :-))

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    5. And, with his tours and balcony appearances, etc. he might be getting used to the crowds and photographers. In those respects it is not his first rodeo.

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  47. Agree with every word ✨

    And you can feel she puts so much love and dedication in this blog!

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  48. He is so cute, and, sorry, but in those pictures at the school he looked like he was going to "serve his sentence", it was so cute!! (Sorry, George, it´s 12-14 years for you and unfortunately, NO pardon to be obtained... not even if you put in a plea with GranGran!! LOL) I´m glad he looked so happy shortly before they left KP - the poor little guy! ;-)) I´m sure it was daunting, particularly with Mummy being at home and so sick again...
    I´m so sorry to hear on this blog that so many other mummies had to miss their kids´first school day! My colleagues at the time were not the most "child-friendly" sort, but when I said I need a day off because of my daughter´s first day, I heard absolutely NO complaints whatsoever... When I was a trainee in France, in the mid-80ies, ALL parents (NOT only the ones with first-year-children) were not working on the day of "la rentrΓ©e des classes" (first day of the new school year) - and everyone with grown-up or no children HAPPILY took over their work on that day. Apparently there´s always a big party on that day and children, parents and teachers are celebrating... What a nice thing to do!

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    1. lol, lol. That is exactly the way he looked, Eve. Still cute but that is exactly the way he looked. And, lol, "no reprieve from GanGan". Those are the captions of yours should go in their family album with those photos for sure. :)

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  49. What a wonderful picture of William and George on the steps!! I am sure Kate is heartbroken, but do hope that she takes care of herself. Prince George is so adorable and love all his looks and expressions!! I admire how William and Kate want George to learn to enjoy school as a little boy first! And wow, what a great menu!! Would love to finish a Friday at school with an "oven baked oatmeal and raisin cookie served with a banana milkshake"!! cc

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  50. Courtney (MD, USA)7 September 2017 at 19:41

    LOVE that picture in front of Kensington Palace - so cute!! Sorry that Kate is not feeling well, but it is so nice to see William as a wonderful father. Anyone else wonder if Kate was in the back of the car?

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    2. Jessica from Los Angeles8 September 2017 at 03:49

      I also wondered if she was hiding back there!

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    3. Would you take a care ride of an hour minimum true london when your allready sick? I don't think so.

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    4. I would be very surprised. Motion does not sound like a good combination with HG :P

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    5. I read somewhere from "a source" that she is on bed rest! :( cc

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    6. She most likely is, or at least tied to an IV.

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  51. Oh my goodness, George is an absolutely beautiful child! So adorable in that uniform. I don't even know them and this post brought tears to my eyes. What an emotional day for any parents seeing a firstborn off to school!

    It's very sad Kate had to miss George's first day, but I also love seeing a modern dad dropping off his son. I think in a world where women more commonly do more tasks with the children, there's something so seeet about a dad who's got it under control. William seems like an incredible father and very in tune with George.

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  52. I think I can truly relate to Kate's feelings at the moment. I am in my mid thirties and a mother of two children, aged 5 and 6. I really wanted to conceive again this year but had to wait due to a relapse of a general anxiety disorder which was a nightmare. I treated myself and got better, and then when things began to improve I broke my leg when running to help my son who fell from a shelf. Thank god he is ok, but I broke my ankle abd needed surgery. So I missed my six year old daughter first day of school a week ago. And it wasnt easy at all. I am a PhD in engineering student and it is quite challenging, keeping up the household and children and my research and now my broken leg.
    So I wish dear Kate to be healthy soon. We should all be strong, life sometimes puts us under ordeals.
    Best to you all
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    1. Wow S! What a time you've been having! I would like to wish good health and healing for you.

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    2. Hugs to you S. I think hugs are great. Comfort, consolation and encouragement to you. ❤️

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      Wishing you the best at getting through all those challenges.

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    4. Anon, Surfer Girl and Julia, thank you so much. I often enjoy reading your comments :)

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  53. I would like to add something to my previous comment. According to the Jewish callendar, a New Year (Rosh Ha'shanna) is starting in two weeks. Let me greet us all with the Jewish prayer: Let the passing year with its ordeals end; Let the new year start with its blessings. Amen.

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  54. Thanks a million Charlotte. Prince George is simply adorable. I am so sorry that Kate is missing out today on her son's first day of school, but I am sure Prince William filled in quite nicely. You can see the bond between father and son. Enjoy your first day George.

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  55. I am so grateful they took the photograph of William and George at Kensington Palace. We got to see George's adorable smile. Prince George looked very apprehensive in all of the school arrival images. It has been a long time, but I can still remember the fear (and excitement) over my first day in school. It seems like a wonderful learning environment, so I have every hope that after a few nervous days Prince George will hit his stride and thrive. He definitely has a loving, supportive family backing him up.

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  56. Lovely to see George's dad take him to his first day of school!!

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  57. If you compare the pictures of him before he goes into school and the one of him after, it's like night and day. At first he's scared and then after, he's like "I got this." Almost as if the other kids told him who he really is. Wouldn't it be funny if he came home one day and was like "Yah, all the other kids bow/curtsy to me now." LMAO

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    1. He does look so much more confident in the after photo-or is that relief?
      I don't remember my first day of school 62 years ago, but tucked away carefully is the little blue dress I wore back in 1955. My mother saved it. I expect it meant more to her. She drew tiny pictures of my new dresses with accessories as I was learning to dress myself at the time. That's what I wish had survived.

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    2. Caroline in Montana8 September 2017 at 04:07

      Can you tell me where to find the photos of him after school? I can't seem to find them!

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    3. I haven't found any of him after school. The one of he and William in the steps is taken prior to going to school.

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    4. Julia from Leominster8 September 2017 at 17:50

      I believe it was actually taken before school - not afterwards - there was some confusion.

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    5. Sorry all, yes, the second picture was taken at KP before he left for school. After I posted my comment, I re-read what Charlotte wrote and realized my error. I read the sentence incorrectly and thought it was taken when he left school not when he left for school. Sorry for the confusion, but it would still be hilarious the way I was thinking of it!

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  58. Ms Haslem looks so pretty and lovely! I love that she focused on saying hello to George first.

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    1. That was my thought too! And loved the lady's dress and shoes!

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  59. Andrea from New York8 September 2017 at 01:33

    The beautiful LK Bennett Amana Rose dress worn by Ms. Haslem is sold out at $425 on LK Bennett's US website but is available in most sizes on the John Lewis US website for $334.00. A very "Kate" dress and perfect for many different events from the first day of school to dinner at an elegant restaurant.
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  60. It sounds like she's having it really bad. Worse than the previous times. Doesn't it get worse if you're carrying twins?!?πŸ˜‰ But I am wishing her well and hoping that she gets better soon as everybody does.

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  61. I feel a little older today. :-) Having followed Diana (and William) from Day 1 makes me feel sentimental as I watched William accompany *his* little boy on the first day of school.

    I'm sure Diana is looking down and smiling, but it makes me sad to think that she is not here to be an active cheerleader in her sons' and grandchildren's lives.

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  62. Regarding the woman at the school, I think Kate was probably feeling yay someone to help keep George out the tantrum zone and also perhaps maybe a little uneasy that a woman about her stature and style slipped seamlessly into that photo with William and George. Especially if she wasn't feeling her best physically and if she was feeling sad emotionally at not being able to be there. Not trying to stir anything up. I just know that I would have had mixed feelings about it. Not a big deal but something noticeable though. Oh why couldn't that person have been a petite blonde with a style totally different than Kate's or a grandma-aged administrator. :)

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    1. I thought the same thing regarding Ms. Haslem...my initial reaction was "oh, she looks like Kate but blonde" haha...I'm sure Kate was relieved to have someone warm & welcoming to hold George's hand.

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    2. I agree, Kiwi Gal. Kate's not the jealous type as we know. :)

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    3. I think Kate was happy to see George being greeted by a lady who appears to be kind and not at all intimidating.

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  63. Thank you so much for the updates Charlotte--the photo of W and George at KP with both of them with one hand in their pockets. Talk about George picking up from Daddy! And the clip of Prince Charles talking about his grandson. He has a weird (to me) way of being flippant, like his comment when he was engaged about "whatever love means," that makes it very hard for me to warm to the man. It's nice that he at least seemed to know that his grandson had started school before the Press told him though (oops that's me being flippant.)

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    1. LOL, Jo, Charles' comment didn't come across very well to me either. Why would he call his grandson "Poor old thing"?!

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    2. Uh. What exactly did Charle's say? It was a bit befuddled was it not?

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    3. Jo, go ahead and be flippant. ;-)

      I just watched the video of PC and it appears to prove that he cannot relate to children at this age; not even his own grandson. Also, his comments are rather general. Even when the interviewer commented on George looking a bit anxious, there was nothing specific about George's feelings or how W&K prepared him for his first day. Seriously, how wonderful would it have been if he had given his son and daughter-in-law credit for being attentive and thoughtful parents? Sigh.

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    4. P.S. For some reason, I'm also reminded of Charles bringing along books by Laurens van der Post on his honeymoon with Diana. Oh my, wouldn't any bride think this was nothing short of fascinating...rather than getting to know the person you just married! :-(

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    5. Come on girls, this is serious nit picking..... How many times I hear in English "poor thing", without any thoughts of degredation or anything.

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    6. Agree, Anett. Poor old thing is a Britishism -- albeit an old fashioned one. And said out of sympathy or commiseration.

      PS I got my picture to work, finally!!

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    7. Julia from Leominster9 September 2017 at 16:11

      It seems to be an strange week for me - I'm no fan of Charles personally but I thought he sounded very sweet and granfatherish - nothing unusual in what he said.

      It seemed to me Charles was thinking of memories of his own school days rather than George's experience - which he was looking forward to hearing about. I would agree the anxious time for a child is when the parents leave - rather obvious - and that a four year old won't be 'taking advice' - sort of a stupid question.

      Poor old thing might be a bit old-fashioned, but not much different than saying 'poor little mite' which is quite common.

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  64. Menu looks pretty good, but suspect in person looks and tastes similar to many cafeteria style meals. I would not serve dessert everyday at lunch time, that makes no sense to me. You can put fruit and veggies as a side with the main course. I suspect many kids bring their own lunch from home.

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  65. His face certainly did light up when he was talking about George though. That was sweet. :)

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  66. Balbina - Austria8 September 2017 at 21:02

    Oh Charles, he is adorable in an awkward way. Fallen out of time. He sounds like an old aristocrats in the 1950s. Who speaks like that today? Nobody since Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire has died. Still, I think it's quite unique and special. Possibly one of the last of his kind
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    1. He sounds like an old aristocrat because that's what he is.:)Isn't this part of the magic of being royal?

      I found him talking about character building to go too school really nice and so true.

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    2. Balbina, I so do agree with you!! And LOVED your "Nobody since Andrew Cavendish..." part!! LOL! But it´s true. "Poor old thing.." - that´s something I heard elderly people say in the mid-80ies, and quite often actually..
      Back then I also wondered "Why do they say "old" - when this person is actually "young"???". But that´s just how language is sometimes... I remember also experiencing some irritation when I took "See you in a minute" quite literally (well, being German, you tend to do this... ahem...)which made me waiting for people quite a bit... LOL

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    3. He is adorable in that "here, here old chap" sort of way. :) how that will translate into a contemporary, relatable monarch is yet to be seen. good news. William and Harry will be there to help. :)

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    4. As of today he's also the longest serving Prince of Wales in history.

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    5. It was sort of like the use of 'wicked' today.

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  67. Oh George, here comes real life! Well before he knows it, will make friends, and his last concern will be if his mother dropped him off first day of school. Kate might feel it more than he does. She will have that opportunity for her daughter's first day of school. How happy he looked with William before they went to school, and then, what? this terror and big school, and who is this woman shaking my hand? Will my father abandon me to this place?

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  68. I know that there is great empathy for Catherine and her condition preventing her from accompanying George to school. I believe many are projecting their own feelings into the situation. Some in the media are really going overboard with their rhetoric "Catherine is devastated, etc". I thought William was great and a comfort to George. They have tremendous rapport. And I also thought that given all the Diana remembrances of the last few weeks, that it may have been planned all along for William to accompany George. With Catherine remaining home with Charlotte. There is a throw back to Diana escorting William vs William accompanying George.

    And btw, George looks like a mini Michael Middleton. Adorable

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    1. He certainly does look like a mini Michael Middleton. Just give him some salt and pepper hair and a little tweed jacket and voila'. :)

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    2. William was planned to accompany. Both William and Kate were planned. The only change was that Kate had to pull out!

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  70. Sonja from Bavaria9 September 2017 at 10:46

    George looks so adorable in his school uniform (but oh my, these shoes are awful!), hopefully he'll have a great time there amd not kiss his norfolk friends from nursery too much.


    When can we expect to see Kate again? I would guess around mid october?
    In the meantime, it's great that the blog will still be filled with new content thanks to the fun styling Kate posts that are still coming! So looking forward to this distraction from this quiet time for Kate watchers :)

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  71. As always, I enjoy reading the varied opinions and interpretations from commenters around the world. I haven't posted in a while, so I'll put all my random thoughts here.

    I was very happy to read Kate is expecting again, but understand the undercurrent of frustration that Kate won't be taking a larger public role in the near future, as suggested. Many of us have been waiting for Kate to fully embrace her royal duties after having George and Charlotte and to forge a strong philanthropic identity, separate from her husband and brother-in-law.

    I haven't enthusiastically embraced Harry and Meghan's future engagement, as many of you. Having been around during the excitement of Sarah Ferguson (and we know how that turned out), I'm taking a wait and see approach. Meghan appears to have many admirable qualities but is another self-promoter, which draws my side-eye.

    On the fashion front, I disliked the dress Kate wore to the Diana tribute garden, although Kate looked lovely. Younger readers may like these retro fashions, but I've already been through this fashion cycle, and it wasn't so great back then either. My first thought was that I would love to see what posters would have selected. All of you who put together Ascot and evening outfits did an outstanding job, and the reader selections are at the top of my all-time favorite posts. I look forward to seeing the rest.

    George is looking more and more like Michael Middleton. The picture of William and him on the steps is terrific. Finally, I wish Kate a speedy recovery from HG and a healthy pregnancy.

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