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Prince William due to start at Cambridge

Prince William will begin a 10 week agricultural course at the prestigious Cambridge University, despite a backlash from students.

The Duke of Cambridge's father, Prince Charles, is patron of the Science and Technology faculty, which runs the course. Credit: PA

The Duke of Cambridge, who gained ABC at A level, was branded "mediocre" by the university newspaper, where students need a A*AA to attend.

He will have 18 to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings a week and is likely to have essays to complete and to make field trips.

The Duke of Cambridge is heir to the Duchy of Cornwall, a 540.9 kmĀ² farm estate, which will pass to him when his father, Prince Charles, ascends the throne.