Prince William To Attend University

Thursday, August 17th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LONDON (AP) — Prince William is to attend Scotland's St. Andrews University to study art history after taking a year off to work and travel, royal officials confirmed Thursday.

St. James's Palace said William was ``delighted and relieved'' after being accepted by the university.

Like thousands of other British students, the 18-year-old prince received the results of his final secondary-school exams — called A levels — on Thursday. He received an A in Geography, a B in History of Art and a C in Biology — solid marks that surpassed those obtained by his father, Prince Charles, and other members of the royal family.

William, currently taking part in exercises with the Welsh Guards regiment in Belize, received a congratulatory e-mail from his father, the palace said.

``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.

William, who graduated from Eton school this year, is to is to study a four-year honors degree course. The topics he will be taught include British furniture, architecture, Renaissance Italy and modern art.

St. Andrews, founded in 1411, is famed for its historic buildings and the scarlet robes worn by its students on ceremonial occasions. It boasts a secret society called the Kate Kennedy Club, which was founded in 1926 to honor the niece of the university founder Bishop Kennedy. Every year, male society members dress up as women in her honor.

``We have every confidence that St. Andrews will offer Prince William the opportunity to continue his education in a unique, nourishing and challenging environment,'' the university said.