Prince William walks Prince George to first day of school as Duchess of Cambridge stays home

It's a big week for Prince George!

Just days after his parents announced that he'd soon be getting a new little sibling, the four-year-old prince embarked on his day of school --- with dad Prince William right by his side.

The Duke of Cambridge held his son's hand and gamely carried his backpack as the two made their way to London's Thomas’s Battersea. George held tight to his dad's hand, but otherwise seemed unbothered by the exciting day. He did at one point rub his eyes, but those were no tears -- just sleepiness!

George carefully abided by the school's uniform: A navy V-neck sweater with a red emblem, a light blue shirt, navy shorts and dark socks and shoes. His backpack features the same red emblem.

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Helen Haslem, head of the lower school and Britain's Prince William hold Prince George's hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William accompanies his son Prince George on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Helen Haslem, head of the lower school and Britain's Prince William hold Prince George's hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince William accompanies his son Prince George on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school on September 7, 2017 in southwest London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William accompanies his son Prince George on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince William accompanies his son Prince George on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Helen Haslem, head of the lower school and Britain's Prince William hold Prince George's hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: A general view of St. Thomas's school in Battersea where Prince George is attending his first day in London, United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: A general view of St. Thomas's school in Battersea where Prince George is attending his first day in London, United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: A general view of St. Thomas's school in Battersea where Prince George is attending his first day in London, United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Sadly, the Duchess of Cambridge couldn't accompany her son as she's currently battling morning sickness, just as she did with her past two pregnancies. Earlier in the week, she cancelled two appearances, leading Kensington Palace to tell press she likely wouldn't be able to join Prince George.

However, George did still have a lovely lady available to hold his other hand: Helen Haslam, the head of the lower school, greeted her new student with a handshake and chatted with Prince William as they jointly walked the prince toward the school's entrance. Haslam then guided George to his first classroom.

Kensington Palace has confirmed that he'll be known at school by the name "George Cambridge," eliminating some awkwardness as royal family members have famously complicated surnames.

In a class of 22 children, George will be one of the youngest. The students have just a half day on their first day, so he'll be reunited with his mother in just a few hours, the Telegraph reports. One of his biggest tasks of the day? He'll have to find his classroom peg.

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Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/POOL
Prince George holds the hand of his father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, upon their arrival at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Steffi Loos/Pool
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince George arrives at Berlin's Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Prince George arrives at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/POOL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince George arrives at Berlin's Tegel Airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince George of Cambridge during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince George of Cambridge during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Prince George of Cambridge during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Berlin military airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Berlin military airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Berlin military airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Berlin military airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 19: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS FROM CREATE DATE) Prince George of Cambridge arrives at Berlin military airport during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving at Berlin Airport in Germany.
Prince George after arriving at Berlin Airport in Germany.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at Warsaw Chopin airport, on day one of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince George at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte at the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany.
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