Kate Middleton and Prince William Return to the Place Where They Fell In Love
After celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary last month, Prince William and Kate Middleton made a special trip back to the place where they first fell in love.
On Wednesday, the royal couple continued their mini-tour of Scotland by heading to the University of St. Andrews where they first met as freshmen in 2001. But before getting sentimental, William and Kate started off their day with a little friendly competition on West Sands beach below the town of St. Andrews, challenging each other to a “land yachting” race involving vehicles that look like recumbent bikes attached to boat sails. Guy McKenzie, who runs Blown Away, the company that provided the land yachts, with his twin Jamie confided to People, “We were surprised as we expected the Duchess to win as she is the more experienced sailor.” But Jamie added, “[William] got lucky–there was a gust of wind! He got blown away!” However, towards the end of their expedition, the Duke of Cambridge did get stuck in a patch of wet sand, prompting Kate to yell to him as she passed, “Come on, granddad!”
But the land yachting wasn’t all about pitting the royal pair against one other. William and Kate also invited a group of young carers to join them on the outing as a way to give them the day off from looking after their loved ones. Kirstie Howell, service manager for Fife Young Carers, told the outlet, “They were really engaging and relaxed with the young people. The young carers were shy at first, but I think once they had been out on the yachts they relaxed and had a great time. This has been a real treat for them.” Afterwards, as Kensington Palace previously promised, the day was also a “trip down memory lane,” as the couple strolled the grounds of their alma mater and met with current students to find out how they’ve been coping with the pandemic.
Of course, as the location that launched their love story, the school holds special importance to both William and Kate. Laura Warshauer, a student who lived in the same dorm as the pair previously told People that the chemistry between the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was palpable right from the start. “Whenever Kate was in the room, Will was obviously paying attention to her,” she said. “When we’d be sitting at lunch in the dining hall and the two of them would be talking, it was amazing to see how natural it was, how they had so much to say to each other. Looking back, there were all these small moments—certainly moments where I was like, ‘Wow, this could really be something.’”
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Published at Wed, 26 May 2021 16:18:00 +0000