King Charles III's historic accomplishment as young prince in Royal Family first revealed

King Charles III became the first heir to the British throne to make the special accomplishment

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King Charles III became the first heir to the British crown to receive a Bachelor's degree, after successfully completing his studies at the University of Cambridge in 1970. 

The King made a historic accomplishment as a young Prince Charles after becoming the first ever heir to the British crown to earn a Bachelor's degree, the Royal Family has revealed on its official Instagram. 

His Majesty graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts, a little less than a year after he was made the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle. 

The eldest of Queen Elizabeth II's children received a 2:2 grade in History, after switching from Archeology and Anthropology at the beginning of his course. He continued to serve the Crown during his studies, regularly leaving the university to carry out royal engagements on behalf of his mother across the United Kingdom. 


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Charles also kept busy with extracurricular activities on campus, with his love of the performance arts inspiring him to join Cambridge's drama group, the Dryden Society, in his Freshman year. He participated in a number of amateur productions at university, some of which were reportedly seen by the Queen herself. 

Prince Charles even had the opportunity to relive university days last year, after being offered a surprise role on the long-running BBC soap opera, Eastenders.

Prince Edward followed in King Charles III's footsteps, attending the same university as his older brother and studying the same subject. The Earl of Wessex graduated from Cambridge's Jesus College in 1986 with a BA in History, before signing up to join the Royal Marines. However, he failed to complete a mandatory 12-month training course for the Armed Forces and was subsequently forced to drop out of the military service altogether. 

Emma Dooney
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