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This week marked the return to school for millions of children, but one in particular is getting all kinds of attention. Prince George — George Cambridge, to his future school chums — arrived at Thomas’s Battersea in London with his father, Prince William. The little prince showed up looking like any kid who’s about to meet a batch of new friends, but first has to say goodbye to his home and parents for what must seem like forever. Wary but ready for anything is how we’d describe him.

Prince George arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea with his father The Duke of Cambridge 📚📝 📸PA

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Wearing his school uniform of navy shorts, v-neck sweater with the school’s logo and matching backpack in the same colours, George looked raring to go. He did seem a little shy when meeting the head of lower school, Helen Haslem, outside for all the photographers to see. That would make anyone nervous.

While Will made it a father-son bonding experience, it was a tad bittersweet. Kate was supposed to join in the family affair, but since announcing she is pregnant with the couple’s third child and experiencing severe morning sickness once again, she had to take a hard pass. Because that 30-plus-minute commute would be a rough one.

The distance of the school from Kensington Palace seemed like an odd choice when the royals announced it in March, especially since everyone assumed George would be enrolling at nearby Wetherby, which both William and Harry attended. As far as distance goes, it’s not much farther but factoring the traffic and going south of the Thames makes it more of a trek.

But George seems like he took it all in stride. Come on, look at that face. He seems outwardly calm but inside, you just know he’s ready to crush this day. Here’s hoping he found lots of new mates and doesn’t break too many hearts. As a parent taking his child to school for the first time, Will gets some props too. He looks like he’s handling it well, though maybe once he’s in the privacy of his car, he’ll break down like some parents are wont to do. Oh, man, to be a fly on the palace wall, to hear George tell his mum and dad about all the things he got up to on his first day.

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