‘Tense’ Kate Middleton and Prince William look like ‘nervous kids’ as they take ‘delighted’ Princess Charlotte to her first day of school, body language expert reveals – The SunSeptember 5, 2019
IT'S Princess Charlotte's first day of school and like many young kids her age she looked a little nervous yet excited about the big day.
The little royal, four, hid behind her mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, as she walked into Thomas’s Battersea for the first time, with her older brother and dad.
The four-year-old royal is starting out in reception at the South London school, which is where big brother Prince George, six, also attends and is going into year three.
Body language expert Judi James told Fabulous Digital: “Kate and William's body language makes them look more like a pair of nervous kids on their first day of term as they walk into the yard wearing brave but unconvincing smiles that suggest tension tinged with what could be a bit of sadness.
"Charlotte does appear to begin to lag behind shyly, pulling behind Kate’s skirt as they make the walk to the entrance.
"Her way of walking behind Kate as they move across the yard hints at a bit of reluctance although she seems to be playing rather than dragging her heels.
"The way she lagged behind her mum did suggest shyness at first but a lot of her body language rituals suggest a kind of slight, superficial shyness that is underpinned by quite high levels of sociability and confidence.
"The way Kate and William clutch a child in each hand and a bag in the other and use very mirrored body language suggests they have planned this arrival carefully, showing a very equal approach to their children rather than over-fussing around Charlotte."
The way she lagged behind her mum did suggest shyness at first but a lot of her body language rituals suggest a kind of slight, superficial shyness that is underpinned by quite high levels of sociability and confidence.
Judi added that Princess Charlotte may have appeared apprehensive when meeting head of the lower school Helen Haslem – but she got over her nerves quickly.
The body language expert added: "She’s still keeping one hand on her mum here as she prepares to meet the head but her handshake and smile as the head bends to chat suggests genuine delight and interest as well as making her look amazingly like her great granny the Queen when she was a child.
"She does get a slightly worried-looking glance from her mum, but as the most confident and sociable-looking sibling she then happily steps forward to greet the head and her skips and hair-flicking suggest she’s playful rather than worried."
Mum-of-three Kate missed out on Prince George’s big day in 2017, as she was pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, and suffering from acute morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
Prince William took Prince George to school while Kate stayed at home, with adorable photos showing the 37-year-old carrying his son’s book bag.
Kate and William are said to be hands-on parents, both regularly spotted doing the school run.
PRINCESS CHARLOTTE'S NEW INCREDIBLE SCHOOL DINNER MENU
The exclusive establishment charges the princely sum of £17K-a-year for their students, which undoubtedly means a good menu.
The sweet four-year-old will not be subjected to turkey twizzlers but instead whole-wheat twisty pasta, Mediterranean couscous and baked smoked mackerel served on a bed of puy lentils.
The fresh menu of organic fruit, vegetables and meat doesn't end there.
Rather than a portion of sloppy shepherd's pie that we were all so accustomed to, she will chow down on a scrumptious-sounding lamb ragout with garlic and fresh herbs paired with organic grated cheese and batons of carrots and cucumber.
And things only get better as we turn our attention to dessert.
Where we suffered through a square of sponge drowned in questionable lumpy custard, the little princess will enjoy a luxury steamed jam and coconut sponge with custard.
Alternatively, wholesome oatmeal and raisin cookies are on the menu along with a fresh banana milkshake.
The school charges usually charges £6,429 a term – or £19,287 a year – but Princess Charlotte will only be charged £6,305 a term, or £18,915 a year, as she gets a sibling discount.
Thomas's Battersea, which describes itself as a Christian school and is open to children of all faiths, believes in "praise as the greatest motivator".
It is also taught that kindness is as important as academic success and best friends are banned so no one feels excluded.
Art, ballet, drama, ICT, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child's first day.
And Charlotte will be expected to start learning French once a week at her new school.
There are around 566 pupils in the school, ranging from the ages of four to 13.
It comes after we revealed adorable photos of Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice for their first day of school.
We recently revealed Prince George will reportedly be showing Princess Charlotte the ropes when she joins him at school.
And the royal siblings reportedly "lean" on each other as play dates with outsiders can be tricky, a royal source has claimed.
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