Thousands of students around
the UK are receiving their A-Level results on Thursday, including the Earl
and Countess of Wessex’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, who has just
completed her A-Levels.
In honour of the occasion,
we’re taking a look back at the qualifications the royal family managed
to secure during their education – and some of them are quite surprising!
Despite being educated at home
before she received private lessons from the vice provost of Eton, Henry
Marten, the Queen has actually never sat an academic exam in her
life. However, the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh made sure
their children received the best education outside the walls of Buckingham
Prince Charles, who was a
pupil at Gordonstoun, achieved five GCSEs (O-Levels back then), two A-Levels in
history (B) and French (C). He was then awarded a 2:2 degree in history from
Cambridge University. His sister, Princess Anne, attended Benenden School
in Kent, and gained six O-levels, and three A-Levels in English, History and
Just like their older brother
and father, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward also studied at
Gordonstoun in Scotland, with Andrew securing six O-levels and Edward gaining
nine. They both achieved three A-Levels in English, History and Politics, while
Edward managed to get a 2:2 degree in History from Cambridge University.
Prince William was a student at Eton in Windsor
The Queen’s grandsons, Prince
William and Prince Harry, broke family tradition by attending Eton
school in Windsor. The Duke of Cambridge received 12 GCSEs and three A-Levels
in Geography (A), History of Art (A) and Biology (C).
“I know how hard William
worked to achieve these excellent results and I am very proud that he has done
so well,” Prince Charles said at the time via The Guardian. William
went on to gain a 2:1 degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews in
Meanwhile, Harry gained 11
GCSEs and two A-Levels, a B in Art and a D in Geography. After he left Eton in
2003, the British royal went traveling for a year before joining the army.
Prince William and Kate met at the University of St Andrews
The Duchess of Cambridge achieved
11 GCSEs at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne before she studied at Marlborough
College in Wiltshire, where she received two As in Maths and Art, and a B in
English. After taking a gap year, Kate then went to the University of St Andrews
in 2001, where she met her future husband. She graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 in
History of Art.
Harry’s wife, Meghan
Markle, was a student at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles before she
graduated at Northwestern University. Although there are no reports of her
SATs, the American equivalent of GCSEs or A-Levels, the Duchess of Sussex
achieved grades for university, where she gained a double major in Theatre and
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice pictured in 2008
The Duke of York’s daughters Princess
Beatrice and Princess Eugenie also fared well in their A-Level
results. Beatrice gained an A in Drama and Bs in History and Film Studies from
St George’s School in Ascot in 2007. She went on to study History at Goldsmiths
College in London, graduating in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.
Meanwhile, her younger sister
Eugenie gained As in Art and English Literature as well as a B in History of
Art from Marlborough College in 2008. After taking a gap year, she went on to
study at Newcastle University and graduated with a 2:1 in English Literature
and History of Art in 2012.