The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fell in love as young students of St Andrews University. Now established in their royal role, they will again lend their profile to the historic institution where they met. William and Kate are due to attend an anniversary gala in London on November 8 where they will mingle with some 250 people. Amongst the guests will be their old Principal, Louise Richardson, who will no doubt be delighted to see them.
The dinner is being held in aid of the 600th Anniversary Scholarship Fund – a grant awarded to disadvantaged students who want to study at St Andrews. Prince William is patron of the initiative, and both he and Kate firmly support future generations who want their talent to be nurtured by the prestigious university. Student acapella group The Other Guys will perform by royal appointment in the magnificent surroundings of Westminster's Middle Temple Hall. They are the same musicians who produced the Royal Romance music video in celebration of the royal wedding. It's clear that their old stomping ground means a lot to the Duke and Duchess, and figures regularly on their work schedule. In February 2011, just months before their wedding, they attended the reception which launched the 600th anniversary Scholarship Fund campaign. It was just their second official engagement together.
Speaking at the event, Prince William said: "It's knowing that so many of Scotland's finest brains and great achievers gained – and continue to gain – inspiration from this place that makes me so proud to be the Patron of our University's 600th Anniversary Appeal." The depth of feeling in that speech was fitting for the university and eponymous town which provided the future King with the freedom to study in peace and enjoy a romance with the girl who would become his Princess. "I have been able to lead as 'normal' a student life as I could have hoped for and I'm very grateful to everyone, particularly the locals," the royal said at his graduation, before giving a "big thank you" to the residents of St Andrews.