Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Unwell Kate unable to join Prince George on first day at school

Unwell Kate unable to join Prince George on first day at school

The news of Kate's pregnancy was announced by Kensington Palace, to jubilation, hilarity and nonchalance among royal affairs enthusiasts across the world.

Noticeably absent was mum, Kate Middleton, who announced earlier this week she was pregnant with the couple's third child and suffering severe morning sickness from Hyperemesis Gravidarum - a severe form of morning sickness.

George, 4, was taken by his father, Prince William, from their Kensington Palace home to Thomas's Battersea school in southwest London, which says its most important rule is to "Be Kind" and charges nearly 18,000 pounds ($23,490) per pupil per year.

The Duke of Cambridge and Kate were expected to take their four-year-old son to school as he starts at Thomas's Battersea - a fee-paying independent school in south London - on Thursday.

Britain's Prince George arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017.

Kate has snapped a number of George and Charlotte's official portraits, which have usually been released on their birthdays and other special family occasions, including his first day at Nursery school (also known as playgroup).

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Kate has been forced to cancel two public engagements since then because of the same acute morning sickness she has suffered in her previous pregnancies.

Helen Haslem, the head of Thomas's lower school, met George, 4, as he arrived at the school holding his father William's hand and escorted him inside.

The school in south-west London charges $30,000-a-year.

"They start with half days and the moment comes when they get to stay for lunch - which is a really big deal, trying to balance their lunch on their trays".

Thomas's Battersea has 560 boys and girls aged from four to 13, with around 20 in each class.

He is following in his father and uncle, Prince Harry's footsteps but attending a preparatory school at such a young age. Its "broad" curriculum includes Art, Ballet, Drama, Computing, French, Music and PE. "It was a bit anxious to start with", he added.

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