Prince William: Cambridge Course Will Help Him Learn UK Agriculture

Image: Prince William: Cambridge Course Will Help Him Learn UK Agriculture Lecture rooms for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership in Cambridge where Prince William will be studying.

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 05:05 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is going back to school to take a 10-week agricultural course.

People reports William, 31, will attend seminars and meetings at Cambridge specifically designed to help him understand farming and agriculture issues across Britain. A spokesperson for the family said he’s “very much looking forward to it,” the magazine said.

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“The executive education programme will draw on the strengths of academics across the university,” the spokesperson told People. “It will start in early January and run until mid-March.”

The program should do much to prepare William for running the Duchy of Cornwall, which Prince Charles does as the Prince of Wales, People said. That makes him one of the country’s biggest farmers, and the Duchy estate has given the family an income since the 1300s, bringing in $47.5 million just in 2013.

The coursework doesn’t lead to a degree. It is primarily designed to cover topics like geography and land economy that will help William when he runs the Duchy estate.

“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,” the Express reported.

The Duchy estate has 130,000 acres of land, property, and also investments that William will inherit from his father.

William just recently quit working with the Royal Air Force search and rescue division as a helicopter pilot and said at the time that he would spend a year learning more about managing the Duchy. In April, William and Kate will tour New Zealand and Australia for about a month.

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