Prince George's first day of school marks a profound shake-up of palace tradition...

It’s been a huge week for the Royal Family – from the news of another addition to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s brood to Prince George’s first day of school!

And while this will be a week that will forever go down in history, it will also be remembered as one that has broken Royal tradition in a very profound way.

As reported yesterday, Prince George had spent his first day of school in his reception class at the £17,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea prep school in London.

Taking to Twitter, palace officials had shared some snaps of Prince George and his father arriving for his first day – which they had captioned, ‘Prince George arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea with his father The Duke of Cambridge’.

Later, another snap of George and his father had been shared – this time showing the 4-year-old and his father before they had arrived at the school.

And it would appear that George’s arrival at his first school marks an incredible turning point in Royal history, as this is the first time a member of the royal family has attended a mixed gender school!

Paving the way for his younger sister Charlotte, George has broken the palace tradition of attending a same-sex school, unlike his father, who attended Wetherby School for boys in Notting Hill with his brother Prince Harry.

It’s said that this was a very deliberate move by George’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she hopes for daughter Charlotte to later join him at the same co-ed school. We can’t wait to see these two in the playground together!

Palace tradition has had a very modern shake-up of late, with another very recent and profound break to tradition – the scrapping of the rule of male succession.

This means that even if the new arrival is a boy, Charlotte will not descend down the line of succession to become fifth-in-line in favour of her younger brother – as would have happened before her birth.

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Alice Perry