Published 21 October 2005

Clarence House is pleased to announce that Prince William has passed his Regular Commissions Board (RCB). This enables William to go to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst next year to begin his training as an officer in the Army.

On receiving the news this morning, Prince William said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have got over the first hurdle, but I am only too well aware, having spoken so much to Harry, that this is just the beginning.

“I am really looking forward to taking my place alongside all the other Cadets at Sandhurst.”

William took his RCB with about 20 other candidates during the past four days, when senior Army assessors looked to find those candidates best suited for training to become Army officers. The Board is demanding, and consists of a number of tests and tasks designed to assess mental, physical and emotional aptitude.

The annual average pass rate is about 60 percent.