It’s an exciting time for Princess Charlotte.
Kensington Palace confirmed that the little princess will start her first day of school on September 5. Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and her brother, Prince George, will join her as she starts the year at Thomas’s Battersea in London.
It’s expected that Charlotte and the Cambridge family will participate in a brief photo call—meaning the public will likely get a glimpse at this royal milestone.
And she already has a go-to playmate in the school yard: George is also a pupil at Thomas’s Battersea and will start Year 2 on the same day. “She can’t wait to be with George at big school,” a source told People. “She is so excited about it all.”
The feeling is mutual: Earlier in the year, Thomas’s Battersea released a statement saying they were thrilled to welcome her. “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea,” the school’s headmaster said. “We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”
So what will Charlotte do at “big school”? A little bit of everything: Her curriculum includes French, art, music, and ballet. (The latter will perhaps be a favorite of Princess Charlotte, as it’s reported she loves to dance.) She will also take handwriting lessons. On Thomas’s Battersea’s website, they say children in their early education “will play and explore; make choices and learn to have a go and persevere; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy.”
And she won’t be using her formal name or title: Like her brother, she’s expected to use the surname of “Cambridge.”
“Charlotte Cambridge”—it has quite a nice ring to it.
Originally Appeared on Vogue