From a young Prince Harry, decked out in a cap and blazer, gazing up at big brother William, to Princess Charlotte beaming with excitement, the royal family’s milestone first days at school have long been captured for the history books.
Prince George, Charlotte and new starter Prince Louis joined a settling in afternoon at their new prep school, Lambrook in Berkshire, on Wednesday – with all the Cambridge siblings now at the same educational establishment for the first time.
The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with Louis, missed her eldest son’s big day because she was suffering from severe morning sickness.
William later said it went well and joked: “There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children – so I was quite pleased I wasn’t the one.”
A very excited Charlotte joined George at Thomas’s Battersea in September 2019.
A photo released by Kensington Palace showed the young princess beaming with her older sibling at home as she prepared to set off.
Charlotte held Kate’s hand as she arrived with William and George, and looked a little hesitant at first, flicking her ponytail, but then waved to the cameras, before heading inside.
Her school bag was adorned with a sparkling pink unicorn key ring.
George went to Westacre Montessori School near the Cambridges’ Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
He was shown near a large, colourful mural, wearing a winter coat with a small rucksack on his back.
Kate also photographed two-year-old Charlotte when she started at Willcocks Nursery School, near Kensington Palace, in January 2018.
The princess was dressed in a red coat and matching Mary Jane shoes, with a bow in her hair, ready for winter in a scarf and for her day with a rucksack on her back.
And a grinning Louis was pictured on his balance bike with a rucksack in the grounds of Kensington Palace on his first day at Willcocks in April 2021, in images released on his third birthday.
William’s first experience of learning away from home was at Mrs Mynor’s Nursery School in west London, which he joined at the age of three.
At four, he went to Wetherby School, also in west London.
He arrived on his first day in 1987 in a smart grey school cap, double-breasted coat, grey shirt and red tie, and waved to onlookers, while accompanied by his mother, the Princess of Wales.
The young prince was also pictured gazing up at seven-year-old William as they posed on the steps in their matching uniform of caps, blazers, shorts and burgundy T-bar shoes.
The royal youngster became a boarder there in 1990 when he was eight, and shook hands as he was greeted by his headmasters at the photocall marking his arrival.
William then boarded at Eton College, as did Harry, for five years.
His first day began with a photocall with the separated Prince and Princess of Wales joining him in a show of solidarity, with Harry also taking part.
A three-tier scaffolding stage was erected opposite Manor House where William was to live as a boarder, to allow the press a one-off view of the new Etonian.
As he signed the public school’s Entrance Book, his father Charles, remembering that William had signed on the wrong line, joked: “Make sure you sign it in the right place.”
But a cheeky Harry retorted: “Shut up!”
The following year, at the age of eight, he went as a boarder to Cheam School at Headley, near Newbury, Berkshire.
He had a difficult time at school as a teenager.
However, he did admit that the school instilled in him self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.
When her father unexpectedly became King, she was taught constitutional history and law.
She was also instructed in religion by the Archbishop of Canterbury.