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Manchester Evening News
Ellie Kemp

How the Royal Family did in their A levels - including Princes William and Harry, Kate and Meghan

Teenagers across the country will head into school today to collect their A level results. It is the first time in two years that students have sat exams due to disruption from the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, pupils were awarded teacher-assessed grades based on their coursework and previous mock exams. The pressure will be on for many this year, especially for students hoping to gain the grades they need to get a place on their dream university course.

It's a nerve-wracking experience for most to open their envelopes in front of friends and family, but there was added pressure for those in the Royal Family as the rest of the world watched on.

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While you could expect the best private education to give you the best grades, this hasn't really been the case for the Royals, as they have a real mixed bag of exam results under their belts.

The Queen spent her former days learning the ropes of the monarchy, but her children had a more normalised experience of education, with all the younger Royals studying for their A levels, and almost all going on to university.

Here's how some of the Royal Family did in their A level exams:

Prince William

Prince William on his graduation day (Daily Mirror)

William was educated at independent schools and attended the well-known Eton College in 1995. By 2000, he'd picked up fairly mixed results at A level with an A in geography, a B in art and a C in biology.

Straight out of Eton, William went on a gap year, where he took part in army training in Belize and visited Africa. The following year, William went on to study History of Art at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and then later changed course to geography.

He achieved an upper second-class honours in 2005. St Andrews University was where he met his future wife, Catherine Middleton.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry at Eton College in 2003 (Getty Images)

Although Prince Harry no longer uses the 'royal highness' title, he is still officially a prince and is sixth-in-line to the throne. Slightly less academic than his big brother, Harry achieved two passes with a B in art and a D in geography back in 2003.

On the announcement, his father said in a statement on the royal website: "I am very proud of Harry. He has worked hard for these examinations and I am very pleased with today’s results." Similarly to his brother, he studied at Eton College, but unlike William he decided against university.

The Duke of Sussex excelled in sports and instead pursued a successful career in the army. Before this, Harry took on a gap year where he travelled across the country to Australia, Africa and Argentina.

Catherine Middleton

Kate Middleton (PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge was enrolled at an independent boarding school in Wiltshire. She achieved higher A level grades than Prince William, with As in maths and art, and a B in English.

However, she didn't go straight off to university, as Kate also took a year out for travelling. In 2003 she attended St Andrews University and graduated in the same year as her future husband, with a 2:1 in History of Art.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex (PA)

As an American, Meghan didn't take any A-levels due to the difference in the education system. The Duchess of Sussex grew up in Hollywood and was privately educated, where she then studied secondary education at Immaculate Heart High School.

She performed in a number of theatre productions at the school before achieving a bachelors degree in 2003. Meghan studied Theater and International Studies at the Northwestern University School of Communication.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice arriving a reception at The Guildhall (PA)

Eugenie could be considered to be the smartest young Royal in terms of grades, because she achieved two As in art and English Literature, and a B in history of art. She beat her older sister Beatrice, who received an A in drama and Bs in history and film studies.

Beatrice went on to get a 2:1 from Goldsmith's in History of Ideas. And Eugenie studied English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle and graduated at the end of her three-year course in 2012 with a 2:1.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles captured in 1965 where he was with Gordonstoun school orchestra playing trumpet in charity concert (Daily Record)

As the father of Harry and William, he also did well in his A level exams. Prince Charles studied at Gordonstoun school, which is also where his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was educated.

He left with five O levels (GCSEs) and two A levels - a B in history and a C in French. The Prince of Wales then went on to Cambridge University where he achieved a 2:2 degree in History.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne the year she left school to become a full-time royal (Daily Record)

Princess Anne was the first British female Royal to attend school. She studied at Benenden School in Kent - a private boarding school for girls. In 1968, she left school with six GCE O Levels and two A levels. However, it's unknown what grades her royal highness received.

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