Prince William to Study Farming at Cambridge

by 8:23 AM PST, December 31, 2014
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Prince William is going back to school to study agriculture to prepare for when his father, Prince Charles, becomes the King of England.

William -- who in September completed a nearly eight-year military service as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Royal Armed Forces -- will begin taking a 10-week course in agricultural management at the University of Cambridge in early January, Kensington Palace announced.

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"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," a palace statement said.

The 31-year-old William -- who welcomed a son, Prince George, with his wife Kate in July -- will learn skills to help him when he takes over responsibility of the Duchy of Cornwall, a large royal estate that includes farmland, which he will inherit from his father when Prince Charles becomes king.

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