We have news from Kensington Palace about George and Charlotte taking part in their Aunt Pippa’s wedding. Today the Palace confirmed both children will be members of the wedding party.
Below, Pippa Middleton and fiancée James Matthews are seen last August after attending church services at Sandringham.
The Princess, who will be 2 in May, will be a bridesmaid; older brother George will be a pageboy.
Clearly, this one has the potential to break the internet or at least the Cute-o-Meter. The young Royals can get plenty of tips from their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the bride-to-be, Aunt Pippa. The sisters were bridesmaids at their uncle’s 1991 wedding.
Now to our primary topic, what George will be wearing when he starts school this fall. A Kensington Palace announcement last month revealed plans for the Prince to attend Thomas’s Battersea School.
The move to a London school is part of the Cambridges increasing presence in the capital, as outlined by the Palace earlier this year.
“From this autumn, however, The Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace. As they have in recent years, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London. Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.”
The school is a 15-minute drive across the Thames from the Cambridges London home, Kensington Palace. While many had expected Prince George to attend his father and uncle’s former school, Wetherby, William and Kate have instead decided on a coeducational school for the Prince, and it’s likely Princess Charlotte will join him there in years to come.
Until now, Prince George has attended nursery school at Westacre Montessori School, near the family’s Norfolk home. Many readers will recall the young Prince’s first day at nursery school and photos taken by the Duchess of Cambridge.
George will start at Thomas’s in September, so we can expect to see him in his summer uniform on his first day. Navy Bermuda shorts, a light blue shirt, and navy knit wool/acrylic pullover with red trim and an embroidered logo make up the ensemble, available at John Lewis. The shirts are a cotton/poly blend, while the sweater seen on the left is wool and acrylic; prices for these styles run from $9 – $38.50.
Come winter; the light blue shirt will swap out for a 100% cotton red polo neck (known as a turtleneck in the US), long red and navy socks in a wool mix, and an insulated, reversible rain jacket. These items are priced $18 to $46.
The uniform list also calls for a pair of black leather, polishable, laceless shoes. If the Duchess chooses one of her favored shoe brands, we could see George in a pair of aptly-named “Will” shoes from Start-Rite, or perhaps a smarter style like the Max Loafer from Papouelli – another brand George has previously sported.
True to British upper class form (see our post on the subject here), boys at Thomas’s do not wear trousers until year 3. George will be in Bermuda shorts and long socks year-round until that year, nor is he required to wear a tie until year 3. Those among us with keen eyes and sharp memories will note a strong difference between the comparatively casual Thomas’s uniform and the blazer-and-tie combination sported by Princes William and Harry in photos from their Wetherby days, seen below on their school steps in September 1989 (A whole 28 years ago – now who’s feeling old?).
A quick update on our three Charlotte UFOs: The navy coat worn to Christmas church services.
After hours of looking online, emailing and phoning retailers and possible manufacturers of those three items of clothing, we still come up empty handed. There was thought that Spanish childrenswear brand Ancar made Charlotte’s coat, but that isn’t the case. My guess is these are probably pieces made just for the Princess. I could well be wrong, but I think one of us would have discovered at least one of the pieces along the way. The best part of this search has been the ideas and assistance from you, and from our friends on the WKKW Facebook page. I will keep searching but didn’t want to leave this out there unresolved.
A big ‘thank you’ to Brooke Nurthen for her stellar coverage of George’s uniform; we are looking forward to more pieces by Brooke here at WKKW.