But it certainly beats any sad desk lunch.

By Sarah Yang
September 14, 2017
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When you think of school lunches, you probably picture chicken nuggets, grilled cheese sandwiches, apple slices, and a juice box or milk. That’s fine for most kids, but not for the future king of England, Prince George.

The 4-year-old started school last week at Thomas’s Battersea School in London, which is a short 20- to 30-minute drive from his home at Kensington Palace and costs around $23,000 a year. For his first day of school, the nervous preschooler was accompanied by his dad Prince William, while his mom, Kate Middleton, stayed at home (she’s expecting and experiencing severe morning sickness).

Now that he’s had about a week to get used to his new school, we hope he’s making new friends and learning a lot, but one thing is for sure—he’s truly eating like, well, a king.

The sample menu at the day school reads like one at a fancy restaurant—there’s no mystery meat to be found. The main course options throughout the week include: freshly prepared authentic lamb ragout with garlic and fresh herbs, turkey and ham pie topped with puff pastry, free range chicken minced chili con carne, and a fresh baked mozzarella, basil, and tomato panini. For pescatarians and vegetarians, there are other options, including salmon filet with salsa verdi, poached haddock with a poached egg, tomato and avocado bruschetta, and three bean ratatouille. Of course, there’s also an allergy-friendly option for anyone who’s gluten-free or dairy-free. And what’s a meal without dessert? Prince George and his classmates can enjoy a Portuguese egg custard tart with strawberries one day, and a steamed jam and coconut sponge with organic custard the next.

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Like most schools these days, Thomas’s has a no-nut policy. The school is also dedicated to healthy eating, which is found on its website: “Implementing a healthy and nutritionally balanced meal is a challenging and rewarding experience for the whole of the catering team. We are all involved in designing new concepts which would appeal to the children across the schools.”

So now that we’ve established that Prince George eats better than most kids (and adults, too), can we have lunch there sometime soon?