Royal children on their first day of nursery, school and university as Princess Charlotte starts school

Prince George starts at Thomas’ school in Battersea, London, in September 2017
The blonde-haired tot was accompanied by his father, Prince William, on his big day. [Photo: PA]
Prince George’s first day at Westacre Montessori in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, in January 2016
Prince George attended a Montessori nursery close to Anmer Hall, his parents’ home in Norfolk. [Photo: PA]
Prince William arrives at St. Andrew’s University in September 2001
The heir to the throne studied geography at the Scottish university. [Photo: PA]
Princess Eugenie starts at St George’s School in Ascot in September 2011
The Queen’s grandaughter was accompanied by her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, on her first day at secondary school. [Photo: PA]
Princess Beatrice arriving at St George’s School in Ascot, Berkshire, in September 2000
The Duke and Duchess of York’s eldest daughter attended the school near Windsor, along with her younger sister Eugenie. [Photo: PA]
Prince Harry arrives at Eton College in September 1998
Harry followed in his big brother’s footsteps and attended the Windsor-based boarding school. [Photo: PA]
Prince William starting at Eton College in September 1995
Despite Prince Charles attending Gordonstoun, the same secondary school his father was educated at, Prince William enrolled at Eton College in Windsor. [Photo: PA]
Princess Eugenie starts at Upton House preparatory school in Windsor in October 1992
Much like her older sister, Eugenie started out her school life at Upton House before attending Coworth Park School and St. George’s School. However, unlike Beatrice, Eugenie completed her A-levels at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. [Photo: PA]
Princess Beatrice arrives for first day at Upton House preparatory school, Windsor, in September 1991
Beatrice attended Upton House before moving on to Coworth Park School, followed by St. George’s School in Ascot from 2000. [Photo: PA]
Prince Harry’s first day at Wetherby School, London, in September 1989
The younger prince joined his big brother William at Wetherby School in Notting Hill, London, on 11 September 1989. [Photo: PA]
Prince Harry’s first day at Mrs. Mynors’ Nursery School, London, in September 1987
Prince Harry attended Mrs. Mynors’ Nursery School in Notting Hill prior to enrolling at Wetherby School. [Photo: PA]
Prince William’s first day at Wetherby School in September 1987
Prince William appeared fairly happy on his first day at big school, wearing the his double breasted school coat and a grey cap. His mother, the late Princess of Wales, dropped him off. [Photo: PA]
Prince William starts Mrs. Mynors’ Nursery School in September 1985
While his son, Prince George, was able to start nursery fairly discreetly, over a 100 sets of eyes were on Prince William as he walked into Mrs. Mynors’ institution with his parents back in 1985. [Photo: PA]
Prince Charles’ first day at Gordonstoun School, Scotland, in September 1962
Prince Charles attended the same school as his father, Prince Philip, and was accompanied by him on his first day back in 1962. It’s widely known that Prince Charles didn’t enjoy his time at the Scottish school – hence why his own sons were educated at Eton College instead. [Photo: PA]
Prince Charles’ first day at Cheam School in September 1957
Prior to Gordonstoun, Charles attended Cheam School in Newbury. The Queen, his mother, dropped him off on his first day. [Photo: PA]

Article originally published in 2018.

When Prince George started school in September 2017, there was much fanfare. All eyes were on the four-year-old royal as he walked through the gates of Thomas’ Battersea, clad in his uniform.

There were the same levels of excitement back in 1987, when Prince William waved at the crowds as his mother, the late Princess of Wales, dropped him off at Wetherby School in Notting Hill.

Over the decades, the world’s been privy to numerous ‘first days’ the British royal family have experienced. From Prince Charles’ start at Gordonstoun, Scotland, to Prince Harry’s confident beginnings at Mrs. Mynors’ Nursery School in Notting Hill.

And now it’s Princess Charlotte’s turn. Tomorrow, the four-year-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join George at Thomas’ Battersea.

Ahead of Charlotte’s big day, look back on what the rest of the key royals’ first days at nursery, school, college and university looked like.