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England’s Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, may soon add “farmer” to his growing number of royal titles. The prince has just enrolled in an agricultural management program at Cambridge University.

According to the BBC, Prince William will learn about issues “facing the UK’s rural communities and farming industry,” as the studies are to prepare him for when he inherits the Duchy of Cornwall, which happens when Prince Charles becomes king. The Duchy of Cornwall includes a “portfolio of land, property and investments” notes the BBC.

The ten-week course is run by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), an institution within Cambridge University’s School of Technology, “which has William’s father, Prince Charles, as its patron,” the BBC reports. “Prince William, who is second-in-line to the throne, will have 18 to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings a week, as well as essays to complete and field trips to attend.

Prince Charles, William’s father, has become quite a proponent for organic farming, noting the issues of modern conventional farming in a recent article for Country Life magazine. “The pressure from global competition, the effects of climate change and the spiraling costs of fuel and feed only add to the difficulty,” he wrote. “Our ash trees are under threat and so, too, our bee population … At the same time, we are not farming in a way that enables nutrients to return to the soil naturally. And this matters.”

Prince William holds a degree in geography from St. Andrews, where he also met his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. The two welcomed a son, Prince George, earlier this year. He is also a pilot, spending more than seven years in the British military, most recently as a RAF search and rescue pilot based in Anglesey, north Wales.

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