Between her appearances at the Platinum Jubilee in June and the Commonwealth Games late last month, Lady Louise Windsor has gotten plenty of opportunities to be around her cousin Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. But on Thursday, the palace announced a bit of news that gives some insight into exactly what the trio might have discussed.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that the 18-year-old daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex had accepted a place at William and Kate’s alma mater, St Andrews University. “Having received her A Level results today, Lady Louise will start at St Andrews University in September to study English,” it read.
William and Kate attended the isolated school in northern Scotland from 2001 to 2005, and became friends when they were both placed in the same dormitory during the beginning of their undergraduate careers. They both began their studies in the History of Art course, but William transferred to the Geography course after his first year. In 2010, Vanity Fair reported that William decided on the school because it gave him a greater likelihood of having a more normal college experience.
Though her family has raised Louise largely out of the public eye, she has been making more appearances in carriage driving competitions, following in the footsteps of her late grandfather, Prince Philip. In July, she finished her secondary education at St Mary’s School in Ascot. According to Hello, her chosen subjects for her A-Levels, the U.K.-wide exam-based qualification, were English, History, Politics and Drama. Express pointed out that Louise likely got outstanding results on her A Levels, because the standards for entry at St. Andrews are high.
In a 2020 interview with the Sunday Times, Sophie said that Louise is “very clever,” adding that the family has put an emphasis on education. “She’s working hard and will do A-levels. I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to,” she said. “We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living.”
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