Prince William wants to attend St Andrews University to study art history, it was reported today.

Providing that his A-level grades meet expectations, he plans to take a gap year and begin the degree course in 2001. St Andrews usually asks for 28 points (AAB) at A-level for the four-year MA course.

Earlier reports suggested that the prince considered Edinburgh, East Anglia and Bristol before settling on the small Fife-based university.

Founded in 1411, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and preserves a number of distinctive traditions. These include Raisin Weekend - when freshers are dressed in costume by their third- and fourth-year academic "parents" and paraded through the town - and the wearing of scarlet undergraduate gowns.

The Kate Kennedy Club, an all-male university society, dates from 1926 and recruits many former public schoolboys. It commemorates the niece of St Andrews' founder, raising money for charity and organising marches depicting characters from the town's history.


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