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Prince George is a picture on his first day at nursery

By Tony Jones

Published 07/01/2016

Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school yesterday
Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school yesterday
Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school yesterday
Princess Diana looks on as Prince William starts in 1985

Prince George has been photographed by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge during his first day at nursery.

William and Kate took their son to the Westacre Montessori School nursery yesterday as his education formally began.

Two pictures taken by the Duchess of her two-year-old have been released to mark the occasion and they show the future king standing outside the school buildings near the royal couple's Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

The toddler prince is shown near a large, colourful mural, wearing a winter coat with a small rucksack on his back.

George will attend the nursery while the couple are staying at their Norfolk home, but not when they are in residence at Kensington Palace in London.

Montessori is an approach to educating children developed by the Italian educator Maria Montessori.

It is founded on the belief that within each person is untapped potential that needs a fertile environment and it aims to develop the whole child naturally, with the period from birth to age six, seen as when children have the greatest capacity to learn.

In one of the images George is looking straight at his mother, who is behind the camera, and in the other his attention has been drawn to something on his right, as he turns round to point at it.

The future king is following in the footsteps of his father William and uncle Prince Harry, who were taught at a Montessori nursery at Mrs Mynor's School in west London.

Diana, Princess of Wales, had first-hand experience of the Montessori teaching method as she worked for a period at the Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico, central London, which also used the system.

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