Princess Charlotte will be heading to school on Thursday, joining big brother Prince George at London’s exclusive Thomas’s Battersea.
Just as George hasn’t been getting the royal treatment from teachers, neither will Charlotte. As People reports, the 4-year-old princess will be treated just like any other student, and teachers will break protocol by not referring to her by her official royal title, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Instead, teachers at the $23,000-per-year school will likely follow the precedent set by her brother, whose last name in school is Cambridge, meaning she’ll probably answer to Charlotte Cambridge at roll call (although her friends may call her by her nickname, Lottie).
This follows the pattern set by their father and uncle, who were known as William and Harry Wales during their school days, the name taken from the title held by their father, the Prince of Wales.
As People reminds, the royal family’s actual last name is Mountbatten-Windsor. Windsor emerged as the family name after the original — House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha — was altered to the House of Windsor in 1917 when it was felt necessary to alter the name from something more British as anti-German sentiment raged throughout Britain during the First World War.
Charlotte will reportedly be accompanied by her parents on her first day of school, and a royal source says she can’t wait for the big day to arrive.
“She can’t wait to be with George at big school. She is so excited about it all,” an insider previously told People. “They are close in age, and they spend so much time together,” adds the insider. “Playdates [with outsiders] can be tricky, so they learn to lean on each other.”