Princess Charlotte is growing up so fast. The 2-year-old just embarked on her first day of school, and it looks like she’s more than ready to take the world by storm. Though her older brother Prince George has garnered a ton of attention in the past, Princess Charlotte is ready for her closeup with her epic hair bows and her adorable peacoats.
The pint-sized princess is a new student at Willcocks Nursery School, which should be fantastic for her since her parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, will soon have their hands full once more with a new baby coming in April 2018.
With the whole world at her feet to learn and explore, the tiny heir to the throne already has a ton of extracurriculars. In fact, you’ll never guess Princess Charlotte’s absolute favorite activity. We’ll also take a closer look at her school.
An idyllic childhood
Though we’re all interested in the royal family as a whole, we often forget that Princess Charlotte and Prince George are also being thrust into the spotlight. Knowing how ruthless the press and the public can be, Duchess Kate and Prince William have taken precautions when it comes to making sure their kiddos live normal, stable lives.
Instead of allowing their kids to be photographed by the press, the duchess takes photos on her own, and they are then posted on the Kensington Palace website and social media handles. It’s just one way to keep the young prince and princess insulated.
The future is female
Whether her new sibling is a boy or a girl, Princess Charlotte will still pull rank over them in the line of succession. As appalling as it may seem, that hasn’t always been the case.
Though her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II currently sits on the throne, male heirs actually trumped female heirs 2013. Luckily, the queen did away with that archaic rule, so Princess Charlotte will remain fourth in line to the throne, moving to third once her grandfather, Prince Charles, takes over.
A sports legend
Though she’s only a toddler, it seems like Princess Charlotte already has a pretty lengthy list of activities that she adores indulging in. A source told Us Weekly that she loves sports and staying active. The source explained that the princess already knows how to swim, she’s “a whiz” on her tricycle, and she’s quick enough to keep up with her big brother.
We wonder if the princess will be good enough to compete on an Olympic level someday.
The next Serena Williams
It appears that Princess Charlotte has a love and aptitude for tennis in particular. Apparently the two-year-old is already proving just what she can do with a tennis racket.
According to Us Weekly, the princess attends private sessions at The Hurlingham Club in London. A source told the magazine, “Mum or Dad always stays close by to support her, but she’s quite the natural!”
While Princess Charlotte loves tennis, Prince George seems to have a knack for football or, as we say in America, soccer. Though soccer is not necessarily the princess’ game, she’s not going to let her big brother have all the fun.
Us Weekly reported, “Charlotte loves to chase him around. They’re both very active children.”
A confident princess
After seeing her nursery school photos, many fans are already saying that Princess Charlotte resembles her late grandmother, Princess Diana. However, her features and appearance aren’t the only things she may have gotten from the late Princess of Wales.
People is reporting that the 2-year-old princess is also super confident and willing to speak to anyone. A source explained, “She’s very sweet and very confident — she’s always chatting away.”
Brave and bold
We love the fact that the next generation of girls is going to grow up right alongside Princess Charlotte. She’s already showing us just how courageous she is. Not only is she interested in sports, but she’s also reportedly fearless.
A source explained to Us Weekly, “She’s not afraid of a grazed knee and it’s most certainly not going to stop her from running around the corridors like a girl possessed. Charlotte’s always got her eye on something and she moves at the speed of life!”
How the royals announced Charlotte would be starting nursery school
The public learned of the royal’s plan to send Charlotte to nursery school when it was announced via a Christmas card in December 2017.
The school responded with a statement saying it was “delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”
Why the siblings attended different nursery schools
There’s a good reason Princess Charlotte did not attend the same nursery school that Prince George did. If you’re wondering why the princess started at a different place than her brother, that’s because the family moved from their country home in Norfolk, England, back to London.
When George attended the Westacre Montessori School in 2016, the family still lived at Anmer Hall near Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate. But now that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are staying at Kensington Palace awaiting the birth of their third child, they enrolled Charlotte in the private Willcocks School.
Main focus of Charlotte’s nursery school
The princess and prince’s schools differ when it comes to the main focus for their students as well. George’s early schooling focused on establishing one’s independence, which makes sense for the future king of England. Willcocks, meanwhile, is all about embracing more sensitive values and good manners.
One mother described the schooling as “gentle” and it earned an “outstanding” rating during its last inspection in 2012.
What activities the princess will enjoy at Willcocks
As for what little Charlotte will be doing all day at Willcocks, the school’s website notes that children will have “a fun and structured morning with lots of free play.” Some of the students’ favorite activities include “show and tell, painting, and birthday celebrations.” It won’t all be fun and games though. There is a curriculum followed where students will “embark on the first stages of learning to read, write, and to understand simple numbers with the minimum of pressure.”
The website also states that parents are invited to a “stay and play” during the first day and will leave once their child is settled in. The purpose of this is to see how they will react once a parent leaves and make sure they are still “happy” in the environment on their own.
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Additional reporting by Michelle Kapusta.
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