Prince William on his first day of school, January 1987 When Prince George starts school on Thursday, he will no doubt be just as nervous as any other four-year-old.But the third-in-line to the throne will have some familiar faces by his side, as Kensington Palace announce both his mother and father will be joining him for the school run.The Duke of Cambridge will be there to hold his son’s hand for his first day at Thomas’ Battersea, as the Cambridge family settles full-time in London to support the Queen in her duties.The decision makes good on a promise made by the Duchess when she met fellow Thomas’ parents earlier this year and told them: “I may see you at the school gates”. The Duke and Duchess have spoken often of their wish to be hands-on parents, emphasising the importance of encouraging Prince George and Princess Charlotte of speaking about their emotions.The young Prince William was taken to his first day at school, in January 1987 at Wetherby, by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, while his father was unexpectedly stuck in a snowstorm.Both the Prince and Princess took Prince Harry for his first day, accompanied for photographs by a lively Prince William. The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the young Prince Charles for his first day at Cheam. Prince George starts nursery Credit:Duchess of Cambridge/PA The school run on Thursday heralds the start of a new era for the Cambridge family, as they base themselves at Kensington Palace full time. The Duchess, who will also be helping Prince George settle into school and Princess Charlotte start nursery, will undertake engagements publicising addiction, family breakdown and the importance of early intervention.Prince George, meanwhile, will be busy at Thomas’s, described by The Good Schools Guide as “busy” and “slightly chaotic”, with 19 different languages spoken in pupils’ homes.The school, where fees cost from £17,604 a year, was reviewed as “a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get”. Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in 1957 with his mother, The Queen, and father Prince Philip A full programme of engagements through the autumn will see the Duke, along with other senior members of the Royal Family, step up support his grandmother The Queen, and continue his key charitable interests.As well as an overseas trip in November, Kensington Palace said he would focus on initiatives dealing with homelessness, conservation, cyber-bullying. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.