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Prince George passes another milestone as he arrives for first day of school

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Prince George (C) is reportedly the subject of a specific IS terror threat. Photo: AAP
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Prince George has walked nervously into school for his first day with his father by his side but without his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate had hoped to join the Duke of Cambridge on the school run but is suffering from severe morning sickness and was too ill to attend, Kensington Palace said on Thursday morning.

The four-year-old prince was helped out of the car by William after being driven through the gates of Thomas’s Battersea, a fee-paying independent school in south London.

The prince would be known as George Cambridge to his classmates, the palace said.

George looked tentative, clutching his father’s hand, as he was led towards the school entrance.

The young prince shook hands with Helen Haslem, head of the lower school, as the Duke held his school bag ready for his first day.

Then, with William holding one hand and Ms Haslem the other, he walked inside.

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Prince George looks at the waiting cameras on his first day of school. Photo: Getty
Big day: Prince George and his new bag, held by Dad, on his first day at school. Photo: Getty
Prince William (L), Prince George (C) and Head of the lower school Helen Haslem at Thomas's Battersea. Photo: Getty
Prince William (L) arrives with Prince George on his first day of school.
Image from 15/09/89 of Diana, Princess of Wales following her sons Prince Harry (right), then five years old, and Prince William, then seven, on Harry's first day at the Wetherby School in Notting Hill, West London. Photo: PA

It is understood William and Kate will try to do the school run as often as possible.

Ben Thomas, principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, told the BBC there would be no special treatment for the royal.

“We are going to try and make this a really happy, safe and secure time,” Mr Thomas said.

“I hope he will have the confidence to be himself with all his quirks and his idiosyncrasies and characteristics – that’s what I would want for all of our children.”

Mr Thomas said: “The global spotlight has been a little bit daunting but that will move on.”

The prince, who was wearing a shirt, navy V-neck pullover, shorts and black shoes on his first day, is thought to be one of the youngest in his year.

Along with his classmates, he will spend the day getting to know teachers, adults and other children as well as completing the important task of finding his classroom peg.

Kate was forced to pull out of two public engagements on Monday and Tuesday after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did in her previous pregnancies.

On Tuesday, a day after it was announced they are expecting their third child, William said Kate was well but admitted: “There’s not much sleep going on at the moment.”

George’s new school, where fees cost from £17,604 ($A28,738) a year, has been described by the Good Schools Guide as: “A big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.”

Princes William and Harry attended Wetherby School in Kensington, before both going on to Eton College.

Their father, Prince Charles, was initially educated at home by a governess before attended the Cheam Preparatory School.

– With AAP

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