It used to be that a Prince went to University in a different way–he did not earn a degree, he merely went to round-out his education a bit. However, since the end of World War II, British royals have routinely gone to a University and earned a degree.
Who has gone and to which university? Today we’ll find out.
Prince Charles in his scholar’s gown as a new student at Trinity College, Cambridge
The various colleges of the University of Cambridge have had the greatest number of royal students, starting in the old, non-degree days of royal students with Albert Edward, Prince of Wales–Queen Victoria’s eldest son and heir (later Edward VII). That poor Prince was made to live apart from other students in what amounted to house arrest and had to attend both Cambridge and Oxford to avoid showing favoritism!! Here’s the list of all the royals who’ve attended University.
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII)
Prince Albert Victor of Wales (son of Albert Edward)
Lord Louis Mountbatten (formerly Prince Louis Francis of Battenberg, later Earl Mountbatten of Burma)
Prince Albert (later King George VI)
Prince Henry (later Duke of Gloucester)
All of these princes (and one former prince) attend for a period of time, but did not earn degrees.
Those Who Earned Degrees:
Charles, Prince of Wales, earned a degree in History, Archeology and Anthropology. (Charles also spent a term at Aberystwyth University in Wales studying the Welsh language for his investiture as Prince of Wales.] Later he attended the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, too.
The Hon. Angus Ogilvy, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, earned a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Prince Willliam of Gloucester, once a page boy in the Queen’s wedding, grew up to earn a degree in history. He did post graduate studies at Stanford for one year.
Prince Richard of Gloucester (now Duke of Gloucster) earned a degree in Architecture. He was a practising Architect in private practice and published books on London architecture before assuming royal duties upon becoming the Duke of Gloucester.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, earned a degree in history.
Christ Church College
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII)
Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII and later Duke of Windsor). He did not earn a degree.
Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent, earned a degree in classics.
George, Earl of St. Andrews, elder son and heir of H.R.H. the Duke of Kent. He earned a degree
Harris Manchester College
Lord Nicholas Windsor, younger son of the Duke of Kent. He earned a degree in Theology.
Edward, Baron Downpatrick, grandson of H.R.H. the Duke of Kent earned his degree in modern lanaguages and was President of the Bullingdon Club–the most exclusive “fratenity”/club on campus.
Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael of Kent earned a graduate degree in Social Anthropology. She also has a B.A. from Brown University in the USA.
University of Edinburgh
Samuel Chatto, grandson of Princess Margaret, is currently at student.
Arthur Chatto, grandson of Princess Margaret, is also a current student.
Lady Amelia Windsor, grandaughter of H.R.H. the Duke of Kent studies modern languages.
Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, at his Exter graduation.
University of Exter
Peter Phillips, son of the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) earned a degree in Sports Science.
Zara Phillips Tindall attended Exeter and qualified as a physiotherapist. (Some sources say this was equine physiotherapy.)
Princess Beatrice of York, who overccame dyslexia, with her parents Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.
University of London
Princess Beatrice of York earned her degree here in history of ideas.
Cassius Taylor, grandson of H.R.H. the Duke of Kent is/was a student here.
Alexander, Earl of Ulster, heir of H.R. H. the Duke of Gloucester. He earned a degree in War Studies. He also graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, which unlike West Point, does not grant academic degrees. (His wife, Claire, Countess of Ulster, studied medicine and is today a doctor.)
Prince William’s St. Andrew’s graduation picture. He met his wife, the former Catherine Middleton, there.
University of St. Andrews
James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra of Kent, earned a degree in History of Art.
Julia Ogilvy, wife of James, also earned a degree at St. Andrews. Now having been successful in business with her children grown up, she is currently a Master’s student at Harvard Divinity School in the other Cambridge–Massachusettes.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, earned a degree in Geography here.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, met Prince William at St. Andrews while studying for a degree in History of Art.
Flora Ogilvy, granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, degree in History of Art. [Trivia: Flora had a bit part as a debutante in Downton Abbey.]
Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael of Kent earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature. She also earned a graduate degree in Social Antropology from Linacre College, Oxford.
Charles, Viscount Linely, heir of the Earl of Snowden and grandson of Princess Margaret is currently a student here.
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Autumn Phillips (wife of Peter) earned a degree in East Asian Studies.
Princess Eugenie at Newcastle University’s graduation
Princess Eugenie earend a degree in History of Art and English Literature
The “other” Prince William (of Gloucester) at Stanford
Stanford University (Palo Alto, California, USA)
Prince William of Gloucester did a year of post-graduate studies here.
University ofthe West of England
Lady Davina Windsor (now Lewis), elder daughter of H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, earned a degree in Media Studies.
York University, Ontario, Canada
Sylvana, Countess of St. Andrews (daughter-in-law of the Duke of Kent) received her B.A. here.