It was a big day for the Cambridge family as Princess Charlotte started nursery school.
Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, took these photos of her on the front steps of Kensington Palace shortly before school.
The formal photo of Prince George on his first day of school was also taken on the Palace steps.
As many will remember, Charlotte is attending Willcocks Nursery School.
The school is quite close to Kensington Palace, described as being a 5-minute walk from the Cambridge’s London home. William and Kate released a statement along with the photos:
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.”
More about Willcocks Nursery from a Daily Telegraph story:
The Princess’s preschool in a church hall behind the Royal Albert Hall is described by Tatler as “a hidden gem”.
As well as the key teachers, who are all female, there is a French teacher, a sports teacher and a music teacher.
Back to Anna Tyzack’s Telegraph story:
Charlotte will be expected to look her teacher in the eye and shake her hand when she arrives and again when she leaves. She will be reminded to say please and thank you and will have to help tidy up.
A People story also offers insight into the choice of school:
A royal source tells PEOPLE, “They chose that nursery because they thought it would be an ideal first step for Charlotte’s education and they were impressed by the team who work there.”
Some will recall that Kate also took the photos of Prince George on his first day of school back in January 2016.
To say Charlotte looked darling would be an understatement.
The Princess is wearing a coat by Amaia Kids, the Razorbill style in burgundy. A big thank you to Laura on Twitter (@SolidMoonlight) for her speedy ID of Charlotte’s coat. The coat is a classic style in boiled wool, a lightweight but warm material. It is a double-breasted style with pocket flaps, deep cuffs, heraldic buttons, and a decorative tab on the back.
Amaia confirms this is the piece and has made more inventory available on their website. Here is a better look at the button and pocket details.
The style is also offered in grey and pink (£120, about $165).
Prince George wore a boiled wool piece from Amaia Kids to the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch this year, as well as last year.
Royal favorite Doña Carmen confirms Charlotte is wearing their Mary Jane with hard sole style in maroon. The leather shoes are made in Spain and have an anti-skid rubber sole. They retail for €29.95, that is roughly $35 at today’s exchange rate.
You might remember Charlotte wearing Doña Carmen during the Canada tour.
The shoes often have a distinctive sole that helps identify them.
Charlotte’s hair ribbon is also by Amaia Kids, they tell me she is wearing the Medium size. I forgot to verify the color (hangs head in shame) but think it looks more like the red than the rust color. If guessing, I would say the tights Charlotte is wearing are likely another Condor for Amaia Kids pair, they are similar in color to
the chestnut color. UPDATE JAN 9: In its story, People magazine writes that the tights are stone. I am going to email for verification, but went ahead and updated the graphic.
Kate J. suggests on the Facebook page that Charlotte’s scarf is from a Marie Chantal gift set and I believe she is correct. Not only do the pattern and color match, but the tag is also the same as well.
The piece does not appear to have been sold separately, only as part of a Marie Chantal gift set featuring pink cashmere items (£455). The set below is for baby girls.
Marie Chantel offers a collection of luxury children’s merchandise. It was founded by Princess Marie-Chantal, wife of Crown Prince Pavlos, the eldest son of King Constantine II of Greece.
Charlotte also is carrying a backpack, a Cath Kidston style. Another ‘thank you’ is in order, this one to Rachel on the WKKW Facebook page for her speedy ID of the item, as well as Princess Estelle Attire on Twitter, a whiz with children’s styles; she shared the info shortly after Rachel. We’re fortunate to have so much help from people far (far!) better versed in childrenswear and accessories than I could ever dream of being.
This is the Pink Pony pattern and the style features a front pocket, two-way zipper, and adjustable padded shoulder straps in a polka dot pattern. Here is a closer look at the pattern, which is cute. Kate has spoken about Charlotte being fond of horses, so perhaps the little one picked this out…? The piece appears to be sold out everywhere; I’ve not been able to find the backpack available at any retailers or on eBay.
UPDATE JAN 9: Here is more about the pattern from a People story, quoting a Cath Kidston statement :
“Unfortunately, this was part of our Spring/Summer 17 range and is no longer available. However, we do have a similar product launching as part of our Spring/Summer 18 collection, which will land in stores and online on January 15th. The new print is called ‘Prancing Ponies’ and will feature across a range of kids products, including backpacks.”
Thank you to everyone who helped identify things, on Twitter and Facebook and via email & direct messages. It really is a delight to have such knowledgeable input and assistance, and it certainly helps get the blog posts published more quickly. As someone without children, I might never find pieces that many of you have so generously shared information on.
We’ll leave you with the three most recent pictures of Charlotte.
I’m in sync with the thoughts of Vanity Fair’s Josh Duboff on the photos:
Let these photos—what with the absurdly cold weather, and general malaise of this time of year—provide a moment of uplift.
It is a treat to have new photos of the Princess.