Today is Prince George’moulding animals from plasticine for kids first day in reception class at Thomas’s Preparatory School in Battersea, one of four elite schools run by the same family in South-West London. If Mum and Dad are running late, there are no fewer than 24 after-school clubs at Thomas’s. And don’t assume George will be merely moulding Plasticine or painting papier-mache models.
George will have the chance to join a debating club — it’s never too early to train for the Oxbridge societies — study philosophy, learn Italian or try his hand at songwriting, fencing, golf or pottery. Compulsory for girls and boys, up to the age of seven. Pupils are entered for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance examination, also putting on ballet shows for family and friends. Privilege and wealth mean nothing to London traffic and Kate and William should be aware they face a nightmare hour-long round trip, should they wish to do the school run themselves. While an entirely non-controversial choice for most parents, in sending their child to a mixed-gender school, William and Kate are breaking with tradition for the Royal Family.