Prince William and Kate enjoy romantic stay at luxury St Andrews hotel

Prince William and Kate took a walk down memory lane on Thursday evening when they spent the night in St Andrews, Scotland, where they first met. Kensington Palace let royal watchers know the romantic detail with a short caption on Twitter, alongside a shot of the royal sweethearts pictured on the university grounds many years ago.

St Andrews holds a special place in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's hearts – it is where their fond friendship flourished into love when they both studied history of art there.


William and Kate spent Thursday night at the five-star Old Course Hotel

The royal couple opted to stay at The Old Course Hotel ahead of a day full of engagements in Dundee. Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the five-star golf resort and spa overlooks the famous links courses, the stunning West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline.

No doubt they made the most of a night away from toddler Prince George and baby Charlotte, enjoying dinner-for-two at one of the hotel's several restaurants – they may well have chosen the Road Hole restaurant for an evening of fine dining where a tasting menu offers the likes of monkfish and rare breed pork, followed by coconut soufflé, and comes with a price tag of £100 with matching wine.

St Andrews is where the Duke and Duchess first met in 2001; pictured, where they stayed on Thursday

The Duke once called St Andrews "home". When the royal duo attended the St Andrews University’s 600th anniversary celebrations in 2012, he remembered joyfully: "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 Queen's grandson then went on to explain the sentimental significance of St Andrews to them, saying, "this is a very special moment for Catherine and me. It feels like coming home".

The Old Course Hotel boasts more than a 100 rooms and six bars and restaurants

William and Kate first crossed paths in 2001 when they opted for the same halls of residence. They later went on to share a house in their second and third year of university, and their romance blossomed into one of the country's favourite fairytales ever told. They graduated hand-in-hand in 2005.