The Duke of Cambridge is set to undertake a 10-week course in Agricultural Management at the University of Cambridge in the New Year, Kensington Palace has announced today.
The course, which has been organised by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, has been arranged to give Prince William an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in UK.
Prince William will one day inherit the Duchy of Cornwall as heir to the throne, a vast portfolio of estates currently owned by his father. In recent times, William has begun attending board meetings of the Duchy’s council and visiting the estates to gain an idea of how the Duchy runs.
This will be the second time Prince William has been to University as a student – having graduated from St Andrew’s University in 2005 – he will start the course at Cambridge next week and continue into March. He is set to travel to New Zealand in April along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George on the family’s first tour together.
The announcement from Kensington Palace said, “the executive education programme of seminars, lectures and meetings will draw on the strengths of academics across the university. It will start in early January and run until mid-March.
“The course has been designed to help provide The Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom.”
Members of the Royal Family always take an interest in their activities. Prior to Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969, he spent a term at the University College of Wales learning about Welsh history and its language.