A-level results: The grades Kate, William, Harry and other Royal Family members achieved

William, Kate and Harry. [Photo: Getty]
Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate, Princess of Wales all sat their A-levels back in the day. So, how did they fare? (Getty Images)

As students up and down the country celebrate or commiserate their A-levels how have members of the Royal Family fared in their exams over the years?

Lady Louise Windsor — the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh — was the royal who most recently sat their A-levels, and while the palace didn't reveal exactly what grades she earned last year, they did make public that she had gained entry to the University of St. Andrews.

Highly rated and competitive, as well as being the same university that her cousin the Prince of Wales attended, the standard entry grades for the English Literature course she is taking is three A grades — so it's safe to assume Lady Louise did pretty well on her exams.

The younger generation are the only ones to have sat their A-levels as the likes of King Charles and his siblings completed their education with O-levels, which is the equivalent of today’s GCSEs.

While the late Queen had no formal qualifications, she was privately educated at home by a governess. After the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in 1936, Elizabeth received private tuition in constitutional history from Henry Marten, Vice-Provost of Eton College, to prepare her for her future role as monarch.

Here’s how the younger royals did in their A-levels.

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Prince William’s A-level results

Prince William Attends A Photocall At Highgrove To Announce Plans For The First Part Of His Gap Year. . (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
William with his father Charles in 2000, while announcing plans for the first part of his gap year. (Getty Images)

Prince William gained an A in geography, a B for history of art and a C in biology, when he left Eton College in 2000.

He chose to take a gap year before beginning university, travelling around Africa and southern Chile, where he taught children.

William enrolled at the University of St Andrews in 2001, where he met his now-wife Kate Middleton.

He initially chose a degree in art history, before changing his subject to geography. He graduated in 2005 with a 2:1.

Prince Harry’s A-level results

Prince Harry, the younger son of the Prince of Wales, punches the air as he leaves Eton College on his last day at the top public school where he has been a pupil for five years.  *   Like his older brother William, Harry has spent his Eton schooldays boarding at Manor House, on the site of the lodgings of probably the most famous Old Etonian of them all, victor of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington. It has been announced that Prince Harry is to apply for entry to the Royal Military Acdemy at Sandhurst.   (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry punches the air as he leaves Eton College on his last day. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry left Eton College with two A-level passes - a B in Art and a D in Geography.

He took a gap year in Australia before beginning his career in the Army at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005.

In his memoir Spare, Harry opened up about not being as academic as his older brother and admitted that when he was poised to leave Eton he had a sit-down chat with his father Charles about his future, with the then-Prince of Wales saying his son's suggestions of becoming a ski instructor or safari guide were out of the question.

"[Charles] didn’t press me to go to university. He knew it wasn’t in my DNA. Not that I was anti-university, per se. In fact, the University of Bristol looked interesting.

"I’d pored over its literature, even considered a course in art history. (Lots of pretty girls took that subject.) But I just couldn’t picture myself spending years bent over a book. My Eton housemaster couldn’t either. He’d told me straight-out: 'You’re not the university type, Harry'.

"Now Pa added his assent. It was no secret, he said gently, that I wasn’t the "family scholar". He didn’t mean it as a dig.

Still, I winced. He and I went round and round, and in my head I went back and forth, and by a process of elimination we landed on the Army. It made sense."

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Kate Middleton’s A-level results

Kate Middleton Graduation Ceremony At The University Of St Andrews In Scotland. . (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate on her graduation day from University of St Andrews. (Getty Images)

Now the Princess of Wales, Kate received A grades in Maths and Art and a B in English from Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

She took a gap year before enrolling at the University of St Andrews. The future royal graduated with a 2:1 in history of art in 2005.

Meghan Markle’s education

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Meghan Markle at the TV Guide Magazine Annual Hot List Party in 2021. (Getty Images)

California-born Meghan didn’t take A-levels, having been educated at the private Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

It’s not known what Meghan achieved in her SATs but she went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2003, with a double major in theatre and international studies.

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Princess Beatrice’s A-level results

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Princess Beatrice pictured in Sandringham in 2007. (Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of York’s eldest daughter gained an A in drama and Bs in history and film studies from St George’s School in Ascot in 2007.

Beatrice, a dyslexia sufferer, went on to study history at Goldsmiths College, London and graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.

Princess Eugenie’s A-level results

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23:  Princess Eugenie listens to her mother Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York  give a speech during a visit to the new Teenage Cancer Unit at St James' Hospital on October 23, 2008 in Leeds, England. The Duchess has been Patron of The Teenage Cancer Trust since its inception 15 years ago. During the visit she introduced her daughter Eugenie to the work of the Trust enabling her to see first hand how important these units are. The nine bed centre is the Teenage Cancer Trust's ninth unit in the UK and cost the charity GBP1.25 million.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie in 2008. (Getty Images)

Beatrice’s sister Eugenie achieved As in art and English literature, and a B in history of art from Marlborough College boarding school in Wiltshire.

She took a gap year before studying at Newcastle University. She completed her studies in 2012, graduating with a 2:1 in English literature and history of art.