Charlotte's £550 school uniform: Princess will be decked out with a smart cagoule, checked smock dress and red ballet bag when she joins £6,000-a-term Thomas's Battersea
- Princess Charlotte will join Thomas' in Battersea with brother Prince George
- The little princess, four, is expecting to join the school in September of this year
- Headmaster Simon O'Malley says they 'greatly look forward to welcoming her'
- Fees for George are £19,287 a year and for Charlotte they will be £18,915 a year
- Big brother Prince George attends the school, along with cousin Maud Windsor
- School uniform will cost over £554 as multiples are required of each item
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend upwards of £550 on Princess Charlotte's school uniform when she starts Thomas in September.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed they are planning to send their four-year-old daughter to Thomas's Battersea in South-West London.
And the youngster, who turned four in May, will be decked out in an eye-wateringly long list of essentials including a cagoule bearing the school's crest, a sports sweatshirt and even a St Thomas swim cap.
Princess Charlotte will be decked out in uniform that costs upwards of £430, including a red art smock and checkered summer dress
George, six, has been at the school for two years while his sister - who was four on May 2 - has attended Willcocks Nursery in Kensington since last January.
Simon O'Malley, headmaster at Thomas's Battersea, said: 'We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas's Battersea.
'We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.'
The fees for George are £6,429 a term or £19,287 a year, while for Charlotte they will be £6,305 a term of £18,915 a year - the lower figure being due to a small discount given to a family's second child.
Helen Haslem, head of the lower school, greets Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 7, 2017, as he starts his first day of school
Princesss Charlotte's £550 uniform
1 Thomas’s navy jacket (winter & summer) from £29.95
1 Thomas’s navy cardigan (winter & summer) from £29.95
2 Red polo necks £11 each
1 or 2 Navy pinafores from £45 each
2 or 3 Pairs of red tights from £7.95 each
1 Pair navy or black polishable shoes (with buckle or velcro strap; winter & summer)
1 Pair of navy gloves (optional) £5.95
1 Navy or *Zaini hat (optional) £4.95
1 Navy scarf (optional) £7.95
1 or 2 Gingham pinafores from £42 each
2 White blouses from £29 each
3 Pairs of plain white ankle socks from £7.95 each
1 White sun hat (£4.95) or Navy baseball cap £8
1 Thomas’s navy sweatshirt £13.95
1 Navy tracksuit bottoms £12.95
1 White t-shirt £4.95
1 House coloured t-shirt (when House is known) £4.95
1 Pair of navy games/gym shorts £8.95
2 Pairs of white sport socks £4.95 each
1 Pair of trainers (laceless not plimsols)
1 Weatherproof sports jacket (optional) £44.95
1 Red Art smock £26.95
1 Navy cloth gym/games bag £9.95
1 Thomas’s rucksack (size:“Lower School”) £13
1 Red cloth ballet bag*
Kate and William may also be interested in investing in the following optional pieces for daughter Princess Charlotte
1 Alice band £4.95
Hair slides £4.95 and scrunchie £4.95
According to St Thomas School website, girls in reception need their £30 navy school jacket, a £42 summer dress and even a sports sweartshirt.
Meanwhile as the weather gets colder, they might prefer to wear the £45 pinafore with the £11 red roll neck underneath to stay cosy.
Youngsters can also expect to wear a red smock for art lessons, and carry a red cloth ballet bag that is not required of the boys uniform.
Although there are 25 essential and non-essential items on the list that top up to over £430, some parents may wish to double up on various pieces such as socks, cardigans and blouses - making the cost even higher.
Princess Charlotte will attend the same school as big brother Prince George, and cousin Lady Maud Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will deck out Princess Charlotte in the Thomas' uniform, which includes a navy pinafore and a checkered smock dress
It is, of course, possible that thrifty Kate will dress Princess Charlotte in her brother George's hand-me-downs, as she has done with their day-to-day wear.
The school was chosen by Prince William and Kate for George because 'it was the right fit for him'.
Established by David and Joanna Thomas 40 years ago, Thomas's Battersea has described itself as being 'happy, dynamic and vibrant' and one that prides itself on its 'excellent academic results'.
Its website says it is 'a busy, thriving, purposeful school' which offers a 'rich and broad curriculum'.
Kate has dressed Princess Charlotte in Prince George's hand-me-downs, including these navy plimsolls
Pupils at Thomas's Battersea in South-West London are offered afterschool activities, including fencing, philosophy, gardening and pottery
Pupils are offered after-school activities, including fencing, philosophy, gardening and pottery.
It was reported last year that the Cambridges may not send their children to 'traditional' secondary schools such as Eton.
A source was quoted as saying: 'They are very keen to allow George to spread his wings as a child and won't ever do what people expect them to do when it comes to their children.'
William and Kate have shunned traditional royal schools in favour of Thomas's Battersea, which is just across the River Thames from Kensington Palace.
The co-educational prep school is based in an old grammar school in an area dubbed 'Nappy Valley' because of its popularity with affluent young families - in large part bankers, journalists and 'yummy mummies'.
Ballet and a rooftop playground at Thomas's Battersea
- Thomas's London Day Schools is a group of independent, co-educational preparatory schools in Battersea, Clapham, Fulham and Kensington
- It was founded in 1971 when actress Joanna Thomas, a mother of three, started a kindergarten in a church hall
- Thomas's Battersea branch opened in October 1990
- The school has 540 pupils between the ages of four and 13
- It occupies a Grade II listed building - which was once a grammar school founded in 1700 - where facilities include a rooftop playground, theatre, ballet room and pottery rooms
- The most important school rule is to be kind, while other core values include courtesy, confidence and humility
- Former pupils include singer Florence Welch (of Florence & The Machine), model Cara Delevingne and her sisters, Poppy and Chloe
Thomas's prides itself on a 'rounded edu-cation', with as much emphasis on kindness as academic results - although many of its 540 boys and girls, aged four to 13, go on to top public schools such as Eton.
Society magazine Tatler says it is populated by 'pushy professional parents'.
However the Good Schools Guide describes it as 'competitive' and chosen by parents who want the 'best education money can buy'.
All children are required to learn an instrument and there are two pottery rooms.
Its motto is 'Be kind' and there is great emphasis on kindness, confidence and humility, as well as academic results
While it might not boast the royal pedigree of Wetherby School, where William attended, Thomas's does count some A-listers among its alumni.
Florence Welch, the lead singer of the indie group Florence and the Machine, attended before leaving for Alleyn's School, in South East London.
Model Cara Delevingne and upcoming actress Céline Buckens are also reported to be among their former pupils.
The Tatler Schools Guide states: 'It's a balance to Thomas's high-achieving, competitive side: exits to Bryanston, Marlborough and Bradfield last year; the school is feared on central London's sporting circuit; the drama productions are impressive.
'Entrance at 4+ is selective, with 60 places up for grabs (they close the list at 180 registrations). Lots of Chelsea and South Ken families here, who get very stuck into the community.'
Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child's first day in school.
St Thomas Battersea
Location: Battersea Hig Street SW11 (20-minute drive from Kensington Palace)
Fees: £6,000 a term (£18,000 a year)
Headmaster: Ben Thomas
Pupils: 540 boys and girls
It’s motto is ‘Be kind’ and there is great emphasis on kindness, confidence and humility, as well as academic results
While it might not boast the royal pedigree of Wetherby School, Thomas’s does count some A-listers among its alumni. Florence Welch, the lead singer of the indie group Florence and the Machine, attended before leaving for Alleyn's School, in south east London. Model Cara Delevingne and upcoming actress Céline Buckens are also reported to be among their former pupils.
The Tatler Schools Guide states: 'It's a balance to Thomas's high-achieving, competitive side: exits to Bryanston, Marlborough and Bradfield last year; the school is feared on central London's sporting circuit; the drama productions are impressive. Entrance at 4+ is selective, with 60 places up for grabs (they close the list at 180 registrations). Lots of Chelsea and South Ken families here, who get very stuck into the community.'
Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child's first day in school, according to a welcoming note from Mr Thomas.