It feels just like the other day, we caught our first glimpse of Prince George, being cradled in his mother’s arms on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital. And now he’s off to pre-school.
With a backpack almost as big as him and his small hands tucked into the pockets of his smart little John Lewis quilted jacket, the photographs of Prince George walking into his local nursery made parents across the country melt.
Prince George was off to his first day of nursery school today, and his proud parents released two pictures to mark the occasion.
The toddler showed up at Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk, on the royal Sandringham estate near Prince William and Duchess Kate’s country retreat, Anmer Hall.
The pictures, taken by amateur photographer Duchess Kate, show George, 2, dressed in a navy quilted jacket with a hood sporting a light blue backpack and standing in front of a colorful mural on the wall of the school.
Pictures of little royals off to nursery school, grammar school and so on, have been a tradition since the days of Prince George’s grandfather, Prince Charles.
It became an especially popular photographic sport when William and later his younger brother, Harry, went to school for the first time, with crowds of journalists and paparazzi watching from across the streets.
The Cambridges announced that their toddler would be attending a Montessori nursery near Anmer Hall last month, choosing a school that was not only close to their main home but provided a good deal more privacy and security than a school in London near Kensington Palace, their London base.
Knowing the photographers and royal correspondents would be keen to document the historic day for George, they arranged these pictures.