It may seem like you and I have nothing in common with the royal family, but when September rolls around there's one tradition we all partake in — the first day of school photo. With Princess Charlotte set to start school later this week, here's a reminder of how all the princes and princesses before her made their school debut.
Royal Family on Their First Day of School
Princess Charlotte's first day at Thomas's Battersea in South London saw her join big brother George at the prestigious school, which famously values kindness as much as academic success. She arrived with her parents, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, who said she was 'very excited'.
Princess Charlotte shouldn't be nervous about her big first day coming up — back in January 2018 she proved she was a natural at the first day of school photograph by posing before starting at Willocks Nursery School in London.
Prince George arrived for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea in September 2017 with dad Prince William by his side. Now he's starting his third year at the school, he'll surely be able to show his sister Princess Charlotte the ropes.
This adorable shot taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in January 2016 shows a sweet Prince George before his first day at Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, near Anmer Hall, the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family.
Princess Eugenie is seen arriving at Newcastle University in September 2009 to begin her studies in English and History of Art.
In September 2008, Princess Beatrice arrived at Goldsmiths, University of London where she read History and History of Ideas.
Prince Andrew, Duke Of York, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess Of York, take their daughter, Princess Eugenie, to her first day of school at St Georges, Windsor in September 2001.
A casually-dressed teenage Prince William strolls around St Andrews University in Scotland with his father, Prince Charles, on his first day at the university in September 2001.
Princess Beatrice poses with both her parents outside St George's School in Ascot, England before her first day in September 2000.
Prince Harry begins his time at Eton College in September 1998.
Prince William, along with his mother Princess Diana, his brother Prince Harry, and his father Prince Charles, poses for a photo outside Eton College before his first day in September 1995.
Princess Eugenie starts her first day at Upton House School in September 1994 with a big smile and sister, Princess Beatrice, by her side.
Princess Beatrice arrives for her first day at Upton House Nursery School in September 1991 hand-in-hand with mum Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Diana accompanies her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, to Wetherby School in September 1989. It is Prince Harry's first day at the school.
Prince Harry is photographed before starting at Mrs. Mynors's Nursery School in London in September 1987 with his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his elder brother, Prince William.
Prince William is seen on his first day at Wetherby School in January 1987. How cute is his hat?
An adorable Prince William — wearing an almost identical outfit to Princess Charlotte on her first day of nursery!— leaves after his first day at nursery in Notting Hill, London in September 1985.
The Queen and her sons, Prince Andrew (behind) and Prince Edward are pictured outside Heatherdown Preparatory School in September 1972 on Prince Edward's first day at the school.
Princess Anne, centre, is shown with other pupils during her first term at Benenden School in Kent in September 1963.
Prince Charles shakes hands with Robert Chew, headmaster at Gordonstoun School, on his first day in May 1962. He is accompanied by his father, Prince Philip, who was also a pupil at the school.