Prince William to Attend St. Andrews

Britain’s Prince William will study at St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university, after taking a year off, his father’s office said today.

The 18-year-old prince, son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, will start a four-year course for a degree in art history in the autumn of 2001.

“Prince William has been accepted to attend the university of his first choice, the University of St. Andrews,” St. James’s Palace said in a statement.

“Prince William has now left the country for the first stage of his gap year.”

Heads to Central America

First stop is Belize in Central America, where Britain’s future king is joining exercises with the Welsh Guards — in which his father is a colonel — until the end of August. After that he will spend a few weeks on what the palace called an “educational project.” The palace said details of the next part of the prince’s year off would be released in late September, but it reminded the media to respect his privacy in keeping with the stern warning recently issued by the Press Complaints Commission.

On Wednesday, the Daily Express newspaper said William would spend some of his time traveling in Australia.

William had been awaiting the results of his school-leaving exams before picking his university. He got an A in geography, a B in history of art and a C in biology.

‘Excellent Results’

“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 in the statement.

Tall, handsome and regal, William will undoubtedly turn heads when he joins the 5,000 students at St. Andrews, set in the medieval seaside town an hour north of Edinburgh that is already famous as the home of golf.

Steeped in tradition, the university’s many private dinner parties afford it the reputation as a home away from home for London’s young socialites.

The prince can look forward to a social whirl that peaks at the annual May Ball put on by the all-male Kate Kennedy club, which was founded in honor of the first woman to attend the university.