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Make way, make way, for their Royal Highnesses First Day of School!

Prince Charlotte, 4, and Prince George, 6, started school today at the swanky and $23,000-per-year Thomas's Battersea Day School, and were accompanied by mom and dad for the big drop-off.

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This will be George's third year at the school, and Charlotte's first, aka her "reception year."

To honor the occasion, Kate Middleton debuted a brand-new 'do: a shorter, choppy-layered look...and are those caramel highlights we see, Your Majesty? It's official: Class is in session, and Kate's teaching Fall Hair Inspo 101. We're going to ace this.

The duchess also rocked a royal rewear: a MICHAEL Michael Kors red-and-purple floral patterned shirt dress (retails for $175, but now sold out, of course...) that she's worn before. She last stepped out in the pretty belted midi dress (the black belt comes with) to Harry and Meghan's wedding rehearsal in May 2018, and is this a sweet nod to Kate's brother- and sister-in-law? 

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Whatever the meaning behind this specific outfit choice, we're still fawning over Kate's new golden locks, which she wore in her usual bouncy blowout (the better to show off those new shorter layers, too).

A show of family unity and a stiff upper lip while dropping the kiddies off at school: We'd expect nothing less from the royal fam.

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