George and Charlotte arrive at new school ‘with all the gang’ ahead of first day


PRINCE William described his family as his “gang” yesterday as his little royals started their first day at a new school.

There must have been a few royal nerves, but William told the head: “They’re looking forward to it. They have lots of questions.”

Mr Perry’s wife Jenny, who works in the pastoral team, said: “Welcome back to Lambrook” as the family climbed the steps to the 19th-century mansion. William quipped: “With all the gang!”

It was Louis’ first day in full-time education. But the little prince who entertained millions with his facial expressions and antics over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, was on his best behaviour.

Prince William stroked his youngest child’s hair reassuringly as they walked towards the entrance.

The occasion must have brought back memories of William’s own first-day-at-school experiences.

Gang’s all here for first day at new school

Gang’s all here for first day at new school (Image: PA)

In 1995 his late mother Princess Diana, father Prince Charles and younger brother Prince Harry were all there when he met House Master Dr Andrew Gailey on his first day at Eton.

Yesterday was also the first time that all three Cambridge children have attended the same school, with George and Charlotte bidding farewell to Thomas’s Battersea school at the end of last term.

They all enrolled at Lambrook, near Ascot in Berkshire after the family moved to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor Home Park, a 15-minute drive away.

The Cambridges did yesterday’s first school run in one car with William at the wheel. Kate waved to Mr Perry as they arrived.

The children were dressed in Lambrook’s summer uniforms – short-sleeve white checked shirts and navy shorts for the princes and a blue belted gingham dress for Charlotte.

Inside, the family met other new starters over refreshments before the children went off to their classrooms to spend some time with their new teachers and classmates.

The family were greeted by Jonathan Perry, headmaster of Lambrook School

The family were greeted by Jonathan Perry, headmaster of Lambrook School (Image: PA Images)

William and Kate – who are believed to be paying more than £50,000 a year in school fees – are said to have visited Lambrook a number of times before choosing it.

It is described as a “classic prep school” with a “heart of gold” in The Good Schools Guide, which also says pupils get to “run and run” in its 52 acres with “total freedom to explore, provided you’ve got your wellies on”. Mr Perry, who is known for his sense of fun, performed a rock ’n’ roll dance to cheer up pupils during lockdown.

He and his wife have also been praised for their focus on emotional wellbeing, which is perfectly in line with William and Kate’s campaigning on mental health.

Although Lambrook offers boarding, George, Charlotte and Louis will be day pupils.

A source close to the family said: “They’re really excited about starting a new school together and I think mum and dad are too.”

Jonathan Perry adds on the school website it aims to give pupils “the ‘feathers to fly’ so that when they move on to the next stage of their educational journey, they will spread their wings…leaving as confident, happy, engaging, mature, considerate and thoughtful young adults”.

Facilities include a 25m pool, a nine-hole golf course and a squash court.

In the prospectus, one parent says: “It’s the most magical place for our children to spend time, and they can often be seen rosy-cheeked and perfecting handstands, throwing balls or racing to the tree stumps.”

But it’s not all fun and games. The 620-pupil Christian school prides itself on high academic standards, with a pass rate of 100 per cent for the Common Entrance exam.

Year 8 leavers join prestigious schools such as William’s old seat of learning, Eton, and Marlborough College, where Kate went.


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