See Princess Charlotte's First Day of School Portrait — and How It Compares to Prince George's!

Princess Charlotte‘s official first day of school portrait is here — and big brother Prince George makes a cameo!

Before heading off with George, mom Kate Middleton and dad Prince William to start school at Thomas’s Battersea on Thursday, the 4-year-old royal posed for a picture at the family’s Kensington Palace home.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. The image was taken shortly before Their Royal Highnesses left for Thomas’s Battersea,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Charlotte had perfect marks when it came to her first day of school style, making her uniform debut in a navy dress over a white blouse covered by a navy sweater bearing the school’s logo in red. She completed the look with white ankle socks and her navy Mary Jane shoes from Amaia. She also added an unexpected personal touch to her backpack: a sequined unicorn keychain!

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Princess Charlotte rocks a number of adorable hairstyles, and her first day of school was no exception. Mom Kate styled her daughter’s hair in a simple low ponytail accessorized by a small navy bow.

Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Prince William

Prince George, now 6 and starting his third year at the $23,000-per-year private school, was there on Charlotte’s big day to show her the royal ropes. When he walked into Thomas’s Battersea on his first day in Sept. 2017, he seemed serious as he held Prince William’s hand and greeted the head of the lower school, Helen Haslem — a departure from the huge grin he sported in his own official portrait! In the adorable snap, father and son (in his perfectly pressed uniform!) hold hands on the steps of Kensington Palace.

Prince William and Prince George

Although the Duchess of Sussex was expected to join her son for the important milestone at the time, but she was forced to cancel her plans due to acute morning sickness she was suffering during her pregnancy with Prince Louis.

Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte

The family arrived to the school around 8:20 a.m. London time. Initially clutching mom Kate’s right hand with both of hers, a shy Charlotte then relaxed her grip as she walked across the schoolyard. A few steps away, big brother George held the hand of their dad, Prince William. The proud parents carried their children’s backpacks as they made their way to the school’s entrance.

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They walked up to Haslem, who first greeted George before turning to the princess starting school. As she turned to walk through the doors, Charlotte tentatively looked towards photographers and gave a small wave.

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