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2000: Prince William makes the grade

Prince William has passed three A-levels and secured a place to study history of art at the oldest university in Scotland, St Andrews.

The 18-year-old prince gained an A grade in geography, a B in history of art and a C in biology, St James's Palace announced.

St Andrews was William's first and personal choice and he was determined to get a place there on his own merits.

The standard offer for history of art there is grades B, B and C.

William will start the four-year degree course in the autumn of 2001, after his gap year.

The Prince of Wales, who attended Cambridge University, said he was delighted with his son's results and his wish to attend a Scottish university.

"I know how hard William worked to achieve these excellent results and I am very proud that he has done so well," he said.


William is currently in the jungle in Belize on the first stage of his gap year taking part in exercises with the Welsh Guards.

He received an e-mail there from his father congratulating him on his success.

A spokesman for St Andrews University said: "We are pleased for Prince William, as we are for all successful applicants to the University of St Andrews and look forward to welcoming him to our community next year."

Marcus Booth, president of the students' association, said the university would welcome the prince with its "customary warmth".

Mr Booth, 23, who studied medieval history, said: "St Andrews is well used to the place crawling with celebrities, especially when the golf is on."

In Context
In the wake of news that Prince William would be attending St Andrews the university saw a rise of more than 40% in student applications.

In spite of a press photo opportunity with Prince William on his arrival in exchange for privacy during his studies it was reported that a film crew had been stalking the prince.

It later turned out that film crew was from the television production company of his uncle, Prince Edward.

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