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Princess Charlotte’s Fierce Playground Nickname Perfectly Fits Her Adventurous Spirit

by Angela Andaloro

Princess Charlotte may be only 4 years old, but she’s already got an enigmatic draw to her. We’ve learned some interesting facts about the little princess in recent years: We know that she likes cheesy pasta and unicorns; we know she loves horseback riding; and we know that her parents each have a nickname for her.

While Kate Middleton calls her Lottie, Prince William calls her Mignonette. In case those names aren’t adorable enough, we’ve learned of another one. This time, it’s Charlotte’s nursery school nickname — and it suits her quite well.

Charlotte may be getting in with the big kids at Thomas’s Battersea School in London, but before she started attending the school this fall, she went to Willcocks Nursery School. There, Charlotte was known by the nickname “Warrior Princess.” She earned the nickname “because of her love of the outdoors and her feisty and outgoing character,” according to royal reporter Katie Nicholl.

It seems the fearless, fun-loving princess left quite her mark on her nursery school and her classmates.

There’s no denying that Prince William and Kate Middleton have created three beautiful children. For royal fans, part of the fun of watching the next generation of royals grow up is getting to learn more about who they’re becoming as people.

Prince George is now 6 years old, but we don’t know much about the future king. Sometimes referred to as the most reserved of the Cambridge kids, his shy but lively demeanor seems fitting for someone who will one day rule the country.

Princess Charlotte may be only 4, but in a way, it seems like the little princess already knows the control she has over her image. She’s quickly become known as the Cambridge kid most likely to acknowledge the camera.

Sometimes, Charlotte does that with a royal wave that reminds us of her princess pedigree. Other times, she does that by sticking her tongue out, surprising everyone around her and reminding them of the feisty spirit that lives within her polished little frame.

Charlotte recently enjoyed her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea Day School in London. She joins George, who is starting Year 2 at the school. While it will take a little while for Charlotte to establish herself there, she’s reportedly quite excited about it.

“She has been so excited and cannot wait to start school with George,” a family friend told Vanity Fair. “She feels very grown-up and not nervous at all.”

While there was a moment where Charlotte looked like she may have hesitated, she left it behind her as she crossed the schoolyard, holding her mother’s hand.

The sparkly unicorn keychain that dangled from the princess’s backpack on her first day speaks a lot to her personality. Charlotte has been described by many as an adventurous and social child, quick to take the lead when she can.

Apparently, that personality was fully on display at her former school. Charlotte previously attended Willcocks Nursery School, where reports indicated the princess thrived both socially and academically.

Charlotte earned herself a very fitting nickname while attending the school. “[Charlotte] was apparently known as the ‘warrior princess’ because of her love of the outdoors and her feisty and outgoing character,” Vanity Fair reports.

Charlotte is said to be a bit of a tomboy, enjoying borrowing her brothers’ toys every now and then. The term was used by one biographer to describe Charlotte’s grandmother, the late Princess Diana, in her own youth.

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The descriptions are so similar, it’s almost uncanny. “Most remember Diana as a tree-climbing tomboy. She was a tomboy. However, she was also a typical little girl. She collected stuffed animals,” wrote Chris Dicker in Princess Diana Biography: The Astonishing Life of the Princess of Wales.

Charlotte certainly looked the part when she gave cameras a small wave before heading inside her school for her first day. There will be some familiar faces besides her brother’s. She knows some of his friends from playdates. Cousin Maud Windsor also attends the school and is in George’s year.

As far as her official school name, she’ll be known on the register as Charlotte Cambridge. Prince George is known as George Cambridge, just as William and Harry used Wales as a surname during their schooling and military years.

Charlotte will have her hands full as she takes on new academic pursuits and makes new friends at Thomas’s Battersea. Here’s hoping that her natural warrior princess spirit will carry her through all the ups and downs of growing up.