LONDON – The United Kingdom’s Prince George on Thursday began his first day at Thomas’s Battersea school in London, arriving with his father as his mother was unwell with morning sickness, according to Kensington Palace.
The Palace had warned earlier that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, would not be appearing at the school as she was not feeling well.
“Unfortunately the Duchess of Cambridge remains unwell, and will not be able to accompany Prince George on his first day of school,” a spokesperson for the Palace said.
Arriving hand-in-hand with his father, the Duke of Cambridge, and dressed in the uniform of the prestigious school – a royal blue sweater, shorts and a shirt – the four-year-old Prince was greeted by the head of the lower school, Helen Haslem, before going inside.
It was expected that the young prince, who is third in line to the throne, would spend the day getting to know his teachers and classmates.
Earlier in the week, the royal family announced that the Duchess was pregnant with her third child, who would become the sixth grandchild of 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II.
“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum,” Buckingham Palace had said, pointing out this was a “very acute morning sickness.”
The child will also become the fifth in line to the throne, behind Prince Charles, Prince William and his other two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.