After months of hard work and what appears to be a lifetime of excitement, students across the country are finally getting their A-level grades today.
It’s an experience enjoyed by even the country’s most privileged – including some members of the royal family.
The youngest was the high-flyer Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
It was only in the last few decades that the royals went to school at all.
Young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose were homeschooled and Princess Anne had to make a special request before being sent to Benenden with other children.
how did they do it The picture is surprisingly mixed…
Prince Charles alongside Scottish businessman Iain Tennant on his first day at Gordonstoun in 1962
Charles attended Gordonstoun in the Scottish Highlands where he attained five O levels and two A levels and completed a B in History and a C in French.
His grades – and perhaps other factors as well – were enough to secure Charles a place at Cambridge University, where he earned a 2-2 in history.
Rumor has it that Charles’ bodyguard, who accompanied him to all of his classes, also took the same exams and got a first-class degree.
Prince William earned an A in geography, a B in art and a C in biology at Eton
William graduated from Eton College in 2000 and earned an A in geography, a B in art and a C in biology.
He then studied art history at St. Andrews in Scotland before turning to geography.
Prince Harry, pictured on his first day at Eton College, did not follow in his big brother’s footsteps academically as he graduated from Eton in 2003 and received a B in Art and a D in Geography
Harry also attended Eton and graduated from high school with a B in Art and a D in Geography.
However, he has had an impressive list of extracurricular achievements, including captaining the games, representing the school at polo, cricket and rugby and serving as a member of the Combined Cadet Force.
Kate Middleton attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she got A’s in math and arts and B’s in English – beating husband William’s results
Kate is known for her competitiveness when it comes to husband Prince William, and it’s no surprise that Kate got better grades than William in her A-levels.
When she attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire, she got top marks in Mathematics and Arts and top marks in English.
She then attended Edinburgh University before moving to St. Andrews to study art history.
Of course, she also met her future husband there!
In lieu of a high school diploma, students in the United States sit the SAT exams — a special type of multiple-choice test administered each year for students wishing to enter university.
While Meghan’s grades weren’t public, they were good enough to get her a place at the prestigious Northwestern University in Illinois.
Meghan completed a double degree in Theater and International Relations before graduating in 2003.
Princess Anne is the first female British Queen to ever attend school – she set the bar high when she completed her six O-Levels at Benenden School in Kent
Princess Anne is a pioneer as she is the first female British Queen to ever attend a school.
She earned six O Levels and three A Levels in English, History and Politics from Benenden School in Kent.
Lady Diana Spencer
An 18-year-old Princess Diana who worked as a nanny for an American woman before marrying Prince Charles
Princess Diana managed to pass her exams not once, but twice!
She then worked as a nanny before marrying Prince Charles and taking on full-time royal duties.
Princess Eugenie on her first day of school at St Georges, in Windsor, Berkshire in 2001
Princess Eugenie, considered by some to be the most academic of the royals, earned two A’s in Art and English Literature and a B in Art History at A-level.
She then studied English Literature, History of Art and Politics in Newcastle and completed her three-year degree in 2012 with a 2:1.
Princess Beatrice, pictured aged 13, earned an A in acting and two Bs in history and film studies while attending high school, before going on to study history of ideas at Goldsmith’s
Eugenie’s older sister, Princess Beatrice, earned an A in acting and two Bs in history and film studies.
She later studied at Goldsmith, where she got a 2-1 in History of Ideas.
Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise Windsor received her A-levels in 2022 – and thus secured top marks for studying English at St. Andrews
Lady Louise Windsor completed most of her university exams during the pandemic and received her A-levels in 2022 – securing the top mark for an MA in English at St Andrews.
Her actual grades were never published, but the university’s admission requirements for the course were set at AAA – with a minimum of ABB – meaning the top student must have a high score to get her spot.
A Palace spokesman said at the time: “As Lady Louise received her A Level result today, she will start studying English at St Andrews University in September.”
Queen Elizabeth the second
The late Queen was tutored at home and never once sat an academic exam.
Until the abdication of Uncle Edward VIII at the end of 1936, Her late Majesty was tutored daily from 9.30am to 11am by a governess.
Thereafter, she was taught the skills needed for her future role as Queen, including instruction in constitutional history from Eton College’s Deputy Provost, Henry Marten.
Still, the Queen was known for her intelligence and inquisitive mind, and always had an appetite to learn something new.