Royal GCSE results laid bare as students across Britain brace for theirs

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Teenagers across the country will be receiving their GSCE results on Thursday, and will hopefully be relieved or pleasantly surprised.

Much like many students across the country, members of the Royal Family are not exempt from the endless revision, exam nerves and nail-biting wait for results.

And although members of the Firm went to some of the top-performing schools in the country, that’s not to say they always walked away with As and A*s — or the equivalent of 8s and 9s in England.

From Prince William and the Duke of Sussex studying at Eton College, to Kate, Princess of Wales, attending Malborough College, many of the royals obtained an education from some of the UK’s most prestigious schools.

Here, takes a look at how the royals performed in their school exams.

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Princess Eugenie

Like Kate, Princess Eugenie studied at Malborough College, Wilts, where she achieved two A*s, four As and three Bs in her GCSEs. Her A-Levels were equally good as she earned As in Art and English Literature as well as a B in History of Art.

The Duke and Duchess of York were so “delighted” by her grades that they released a statement in 2008, adding: “She has worked extremely hard towards these justifiably fantastic results.”

The art gallery director then went on to study Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University, later graduating with a 2:1.

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Princess Beatrice

The older York sister had a tougher time at school as she has dyslexia, diagnosed when she was seven years old. However, she managed to achieve good grades while at St George’s School in Ascot, where she was head girl in her final year.

The Princess earned two A*s among the nine GCSEs she achieved. Beatrice then went on to gain an A in Drama and Bs in History and Film Studies.

The business consultant then went on to study History and History of Ideas at Goldsmiths in which she earned a 2:1.

Prince Harry

The Duke of Sussex struggled while at Eton College, where several prime ministers are among the prestigious boarding school’s notable alumni.

Prince Harry is the first to admit that he was not the academic type, stating that he found exams at school a “nightmare”, PA reported in 2013.

He instead preferred playing sports, particularly rugby. In his memoir Spare, published earlier this year, he wrote: “Sport, I decided, would be my thing at Eton.”

Nevertheless, Harry achieved 11 GCSEs. He then went on to gain a B in Art A-Level and a D in Geography before heading to Sandhurst in 2004 and embarking on a successful career in the military.

Kate, Princess of Wales

In 1996, the Princess of Wales went to Marlborough College in Wiltshire — which now costs some £15,600 per term to board — having been reportedly bullied at her previous school.

A school friend, Gemma Williamson, told the Daily Mail in 2018: “Apparently she had been bullied very badly and she certainly looked thin and pale. She had very little confidence.”

But that all changed when she got to Malborough. Much like her brother-in-law, Kate excelled at sports, captaining the tennis team and playing hockey in which she represented the school abroad.

Not only did she excel at sports but academics too. Kate achieved 11 GCSEs before earning two As in Maths and Art as well as a B in English at A-Level.

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Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips

Kate and Harry are not the only royals to garner success at school through playing sports. Like members of the Royal Family before her, she studied at Gordonstoun School in Scotland.

She achieved 11 GCSEs all ranged impressively from A to C before gaining a B and C in her A-Levels. She represented her school in sports like hockey and gymnastics before following in her older brother’s footsteps and heading off to Exeter University.

After qualifying as a physiotherapist, it’s clear sport was Zara’s forte as she became an accomplished equestrian and represented Team GB in the 2012 Olympic Games where she took home a silver medal.

Her older brother was also an academic with a love of sports. Peter Phillips was the second-ever royal to go to university, enrolling on a sports science course at Exeter University.

The now managing director for a boutique sports management company was a member of the Exeter University Rugby Football Club and graduated in 2000.

Prince William

The Prince of Wales also studied at Eton College a few years ahead of Harry. The future King proved his academic prowess, achieving 12 GCSEs and reportedly scoring A* or As in the likes of English and History.

At the time, William earned the title of “Britain’s brightest royal” with the Royal Family reportedly being “privately delighted” that he had done so well in the wake of his mother’s tragic death.

His success did not end there. William then gained an A in Geography, a B in History of Art and a C in biology in 2000 when he finished his A-Levels. He then headed to the University of St Andrews in Scotland where he met his now wife after taking a gap year, during which he travelled around Africa and Chile.

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