William, Kate return to where they first met

It all started here

It was at the picturesque university that they got to know each other in 2001 as undergraduates studying art history. They went on to share a house on the outskirts of town, and their romance blossomed.

Ten years on, and the royal pair are one of the world’s most famous couples, their every move scrutinised by the international media as preparations are made for their wedding in London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29.

Friday’s visit to mark the university’s 600th anniversary follows their first official outing as a couple on Thursday, where Middleton’s apparently nerveless appearance was lauded in the royalty-obsessed British media.

“Glamorous Kate Middleton sparkled at her first official engagement,” wrote the Mirror tabloid’s royal reporter Victoria Murphy, reflecting the media’s generally gushing tone.

This week’s visits, which follow several months of relative anonymity on the Welsh island of Anglesey where the couple have been living, will go some way to preparing 29-year-old Middleton for life as a prince’s bride, and eventually queen.

On Friday she wore a red coat with black trim and belt and the prince, 28, donned a dark blue suit. Middleton’s hair was down, rather than tied back as it had been on Thursday when she also wore a feather fascinator.

William, second in line to the British throne, is patron of the 600th Anniversary Appeal which aims to raise £100 million ($160 million) to secure the future of University of St Andrews and fund scholarships making it accessible to all “regardless of background or circumstance.”

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