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01.08.14

Will William Be Eating Swan At Cambridge University?

Fellows at St John's - and Royals - are allowed to eat swan

It's tough being a royal. Isolating. No-one can do half the things you do.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is shown an orphaned cygnet at Oakley Court, on the River Thames, west of London, on July 20, 2009, during a swan counting census. (ANG TAN/AFP/Getty Images)

But at least Prince William, who is today experiencing day two of student life, now has some pals he can eat a swan with.

For William is having some of his tutorials at St John's,  the poshest of the Cambridge colleges, and fellows of the college are the only people outside the Royal Family legally allowed to chow down on unmarked mute swans in the UK.

Tasty, as they say on Candy Crush.

So, what does swan taste like? "Tough", "fishy" and gamey" are some of the opinions expressed on eGullet, while others say, "similar to goose".