Princess Charlotte’s cute little wave as she starts school

Princess Charlotte has enjoyed her first day at school.

Charlotte, who is four, received a handshake from the headteacher as she arrived in the playground with her parents William and Kate and big brother George.

Prince William said his daughter was ‘very excited’ about her big day.

The young princess follows in the footsteps of her big brother, who has been attending Thomas’s Battersea School in London for the past two years.

Charlotte appeared nervous and shy as she arrived at school, holding on to her mum’s hand tightly as they walked up to greet the headteacher.

Head of the lower school Helen Haslem was waiting to greet her new pupil and shook hands with the princess, who celebrated her fourth birthday on May 2 and will be known as Charlotte Cambridge to staff and schoolmates.

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled and asked: ‘How are you? Did you have a nice summer?’, and Ms Haslem bent down to shake George’s hand and then Charlotte’s.

William beamed and said: ‘First day – she’s very excited.’

The £6,000-a-term school in south London teaches pupils that kindness is as important as academic success.

Thomas’s Battersea, which describes itself as ‘a Christian school open to children of all faiths’, believes ‘praise is the greatest motivator’.

George, who is six, started at the school in September 2017.

Royal fans took to social media to share their joy, with many noting how pleased Kate and William looked.

One said: ‘Love how proud William and Catherine are looking at her!’

Others gushed over the young princess, proudly wearing her uniform, as she started her first day.