15 photos of Prince Charles living his best student life at university

Charles cycling in Cambridge
Charles on his bicycle in Cambridge in May 1969. The city is known for being a haven for cyclists. (Central Press/AFP via Getty Images) (CENTRAL PRESS/AFP via Getty Imag)
Prince Charles in his room at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Prince Charles in his room at Trinity College, Cambridge in May 1969. He read History at the college. (PA images) (PA)
Charles in the kitchen
Charles, like other students, had to fend for himself at dinner time. Here cooking a meal on 8 February 1971. (AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Charles in the kitchen
Prince Charles slices a loaf of bread in his student kitchen - perhaps beans on toast is fit for a king-to-be? Photo was taken in May 1969. (PA Images) (PA)
Charles the actor
Prince Charles of Wales (R) laughing with other students of his university. He was a big part of acting societies at Cambridge. (AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Charles acting during his time at Cambridge
Prince Charles of Wales during his performance 'Wether 'tis nobler..' on 24 February 1970. (AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Charles performing at Cambridge
The Prince of Wales playing the role of a weatherman in a sketch during rehearsals for the Dryden Society's Trinity College revue in February 1970. (PA Images) (PA)
Charles rehearsing with a fishing rod
In this picture from February 1970, Prince Charles rehearses for a revue piece called 'Quiet Flows the Don'. (PA Images) (PA)
Charles studying at Cambridge
Prince Charles at his desk at Cambridge, on 19 June, 1969. Even the future king had essays to submit. (AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Making the most of a summer holiday
Prince Charles whizzing his little brother Prince Edward around on a go-kart in June 1969. Princess Anne is on the second go-kart. (AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Charles in Aberystwyth
Charles spent one term in Wales, at the University of Aberystwyth, where he was taught Welsh. Here in one of the language centres in April 1969. (PA Images) (PA)
Charles with the canteen supervisor
Charles meeting Miss E. Davies (l), the canteen supervisor of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, when he arrived at Pantycelyn Hall of Residence at the college. Dr Edward Ellis behind the Prince, was the Warden of Pantycelyn Hall. (PA Images) (PA)
Charles rehearsing in Cambridge
Prince Charles rehearsing with fellow students at Trinity College, in May 1969. He showed a keen interest in drama while he was there. (PA Images) (PA)
Dress rehearsals at Dryden Society
The Prince of Wales rehearsing for the Dryden Society's Trinity College revue in February 1970. (PA Images) (PA)
Charles collecting his masters degree
Prince Charles outside Senate House, Cambridge, after being awarded a Master of Arts degree from the university in 1975. He had previously graduated in 1970 with a 2:2 after three years of university. (PA Images) (PA)

Some say they are the best years of your life.

And Prince Charles certainly appeared to enjoy his time as a student, in the late 1960s.

The Prince of Wales went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he started by reading archaeology and physical and social anthropology, but ended up finishing his degree in history.

He arrived at the University of Cambridge in 1967, and went abroad on archeological digs in France the following year.

But he decided not to continue with archaeology and anthropology in 1968, and swapped to history.

At university Charles found a love of the stage, and joined Trinity's drama group, the Dryden Society. He was in sketches the students performed as part of the annual revue, playing a weather forecaster, a sports commentator and an antiques expert.

In June 1970, Charles became the first heir to the throne to be awarded a degree, getting a 2:2 from Cambridge.

As well as spending most of his time in Cambridge during his student days, he had one term at the University College Aberystwyth in Wales, where he learned Welsh, which meant he was able to give a speech in Welsh during his investiture as the Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle.

Have a look back at Charles living his best student life in Cambridge and North Wales.