Prince Louis refuses to take his father's hand on first day of school

Prince Louis refuses to take his father's hand on first day of school

September 8, 2022

I’m a big boy now! Cute moment Prince Louis refuses to take his father’s hand as William and Kate walk him to his first day at school with his brother and sister – before turning on the charm and the smiles when he spots the cameras

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dropped all of their children off at school
  • It was Prince Louis’, 4, first day at school, he attended a ‘settling in afternoon’
  • The youngster tightly held onto his mother’s hand but ignored his father’s 

Young Prince Louis was adamant he did not want to be seen holding his father’s hand as he was dropped off for his first day of school.

The four-year-old strolled into the grounds of Lambrook School, near Ascot, in between his parents but holding just his mother’s hand.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taking Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to a ‘settling in afternoon’ at the co-educational private school in Berkshire.

Kate Middleton was wearing a smile and holding the hands of both her sons, who were wearing matching uniforms.  

While Prince William can be seen holding Princess Charlotte’s hand on his left side and vying for the attention of his youngest with his other hand.

Louis, who is now old enough to go to school, seemingly believes he is too old to be seen holding hands with his father.

Young Prince Louis was seen rejecting his father’s efforts to hold his hand on his first day at school

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, today dropped off their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at the same new school after moving their family to Windsor for the next major phase of their life

It was Prince Louis’ first day at school, but he didn’t want to be seen holding his father’s hand

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, held both her son’s hands while The Duke of Cambridge held Princess Charlotte’s

The Duke of Cambridge sticks his right hand out while trying to grab the youngster’s attention but little Louis sticks close to his mother.

After holding out for a few moments, Prince William admits defeat and gently strokes the back of his son’s head – which Louis then shakes off.

As the family approaches closer to the school the young prince shows no signs of nerves and breaks out a huge smile for the cameras. 

As the family arrived at the school building they were greeted by headmaster Jonathan Perry.

‘Welcome to Lambrook,’ Mr Perry told the children. ‘It’s lovely to have you with us. We’re very excited for the year ahead.’

Shaking them each by the hand in turn, he asked ‘Are you excited?’ with all three chorusing ‘Yes’.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were greeted by Headmaster Jonathan Perry as they arrive for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School, near Ascot in Berkshire

Mr Perry’s wife Jenny, who works in the pastoral team, was waiting in the doorway and greeted them with ‘Welcome back to Lambrook’, with William quipping ‘With all the gang’.

The duke and duchess could be heard talking to the children and laughing, in the final moments of preparation.

The children’s first full day is on Thursday, at the official start of term.

The Cambridges are said to have visited the exclusive prep school a number of times before choosing it, and greeted Mr and Mrs Perry warmly, with Kate remarking: ‘Nice to see you, Mr Perry.’

William and Kate went inside with the children for refreshments before George, Charlotte and Louis went to their new classroom to meet their teachers and other students.

The couple had been known to have set their heart on outdoorsy prep school Lambrook, with its 52 acres of grounds, where fees will cost the couple in excess of £50,000 a year in total for their three youngsters.

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