On 8th January 2017, Kensington Palace shared adorable pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, before attending her first day at Willcocks Nursery in London.
The sweet pictures show the two-year-old kitted out in a red-burgundy outfit, complete with red shoes, tights, a light pink scarf, and an adorable red bow in her hair.
The pictures were also taken by Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is well known for her photography skills. She’s often snapped photos of important milestone’s in her children’s lives, including son George’s first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery in Norfolk.
Kensington Palace wrote “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning.
“The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.”
But eagle-eyed royal fans have noticed a sweet detail in Charlotte’s sweet nursery photos, suggesting that the little royal is paying tribute to her beloved great-grandmother before her big day.
Fashion fans spotted that the princess is reportedly wearing a Cath Kidston rucksack on her back, adorned with a pattern of horses – or ‘prancing ponies’, as they’re called on the website.
So could it be that Princess Charlotte is taking after to the Queen as she prepared for her big day at nursery?
The Queen’s love of all things equestrian is well known. She’s regularly spotted riding and even enjoys a jaunt now, at the age of 91. The monarch is a regular at Royal Ascot and frequently attends race meetings throughout the year.
And it’s been said that Charlotte has excitedly gained a love of horses too.
Equastrian gold-medallist Natasha Baker shared a conversation she had with the Duchess, in which she admitted that Charlotte had already found a passion for the hobby.
She said, “I asked her how the children were, and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding which is great to hear, and I said we may see her here on a line-up in 20 years time.”
The Cath Kidston rucksack has now sold out, but the design is still available as a drawstring bag.
Whatever her outfit choice, the pictures certainly show an excited Charlotte getting ready for her first day at nursery.
Luckily, Princess Charlotte won’t be too far away from mum and dad as she takes her first steps out into the world, given that Willcocks is just an 11-minute walk away from their home at Kensington Palace.
The school doesn’t come cheap either, costing parents Catherine and William a huge £14,500 a year.