Prince William takes Prince George on his first day of school as Kate Middleton is too sick to join
Prince George looked expectedly adorable wearing his new school uniform for the first time.
The four-year-old British royal looked smart on his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea, a private fee-paying school in London today. He arrived hand in hand with his father Prince William, while Kate Middleton was too sick to attend as she is experiencing severe morning sickness - Hyperemesis Gravidarum - while pregnant with the couple's third child.
According to Kensington Palace, who released the pictures this morning, the school's most famous pupil will be known as George Cambridge to his classmates.
He looked nervous, clutching his father's hand as she made his way to the school entrance at 8:45am. He was greeted by the head of the lower school Helen Haslem on arrival. When Kate recovers, she is expected to make the school run as often as possible, as will William.
The father-of-two commented to Ms Haslem that George had "noticed" the other boys going into school in their uniforms.
Along with his classmates, he will spend the day getting to know teachers, adults and other children as well as completing the important task of finding his classroom peg.
Kate was forced to pull out of two public engagements on Monday and Tuesday after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did in her previous pregnancies.
On Tuesday, a day after it was announced they are expecting their third child, William said Kate was well but admitted: "There's not much sleep going on at the moment."
He said: "We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well."
George's new school, where fees cost from £17,604 a year, 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 young prince and his classmates will be taught a range of subjects and activities from ballet and art to drama, French, music and physical education.
Kate has already said she is not sure her son "has any idea what's going to hit him'' when he starts school.
Additional reporting by Press Association