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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 August, 2004, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Cambridge for triple A triplets
Lil, Helen and Kate will join brother Tom at university
Identical triplets from Cornwall have won places at Cambridge University.

The 18-year-old trio from Truro College in Cornwall all achieved three As at A-level to take up their offers to read medicine, law and natural sciences.

Lil, Helen and Kate Armstrong are the first sets of triplets to win places at Cambridge.

Helen, who will read law at Corpus Christi, said: "I am speechless - it's just a great relief to finally know we're all going."

I am a little nervous, but at least my sisters will be there for support
Lil Armstrong
Helen, whose A grades were in English literature, geography and law, did work experience at secondary school in a law office in Truro.

Lil achieved A grades in biology, chemistry and geography and will be reading medicine at Selwyn College.

She says she would like to be a doctor, working in a hospital and is particularly interested in paediatrics.

She said: "I am extremely excited about going to Cambridge and also a little nervous, but at least my sisters will be there for support."

Great help

Kate will be studying natural sciences at Trinity Hall after getting As in chemistry, human biology and physics.

She said: "I am amazed and delighted that we have all achieved these grades, which would not have been possible without the excellent staff at Richard Lander School and Truro College."

The triplets' father, Royal Cornwall Hospital biomedical scientist Tim Armstrong, 45, said: "I think it has been a great help that there are three of them, because they work off each other and ask each other questions.

"There is an element of competition there as well. We never have to tell them to study."

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