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Duke of Cambridge is going back to school

Prince William will study agricultural management at the University of Cambridge in 2014.
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Denette Wilford, December 30, 2013 3:39:34 PM

It’s one thing to have a hall or library named after you but what about the school itself? The Duke of Cambridge will be the most famous student at the University of Cambridge next week when he begins a 10-week course.

Kensington Palace announced on Monday (via The Telegraph) that Prince William will study agricultural management during the next couple of months. The course is in preparation for when he inherits the Duchy of Cornwall from the Prince of Wales when his father becomes King.

William has enrolled as a full-time student and will attend seminars and lectures (reportedly 18 to 20 each week) as part of a “bespoke” course. It will give the Prince “an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom”. The “executive education program” was organized by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (which is part of the University’s School of Technology, of which William is patron) and runs until mid-March.

The Telegraph reports that William, who has a degree in geography from the University of St Andrews, will stay in Cambridge during the course but will not take any exams, nor will he graduate. He will, however, become a member of the university, and his status is that of a visiting scholar. Will is following in his dad’s footsteps, as Charles studied history at the school’s Trinity College.

The course begins next week so that means he will be apart from wife Duchess Catherine and son Prince George, though they are expected to see each other on weekends. Palace aides told the paper that the course is being paid for “privately” (likely by William himself or Charles) and is costing about £10,000.

It’ll be a busy next few months for the Cambridges. Once William wraps up the course, he, Kate and George will prepare for their month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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