The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out tonight (November 8th) in London to help raise money for their alma mater, St. Andrew’s University. Prince William is patron of the university’s 600th Anniversary Appeal, which is raising scholarship money for underprivileged, yet deserving students.
In his speech tonight at Middle Temple, William said to the guests, “As I look around this hall tonight – and even take a peek at the person sitting three from my left – I thank God for those friendships – our friendship – forged in our ancient halls. I even include in that one of my alma mater, who shall remain nameless, here tonight who rang me today to say he’d pay good money for me not to speak.”
Tonight, Catherine wore Temperley London‘s “Amoret” lace gown ($3,995), a piece we first saw at the War Horse premiere back in January. The neckline reminds us of her Alexander McQueen wedding gown, as does the lace detail. Catherine wore her large crystal Buckley poppy brooch in honor of fallen soldiers, according to My Small Obsessions with Jimmy Choo heels and the same McQueen clutch she carried at the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant (MSO for the win, again).
CNN reporter and fellow St. Andrew’s alum David Wilkinson tweeted that William told guests about the time he “fell asleep in a lecture.” Tonight is certainly a time for reminiscing, given that William Catherine met and fell in love at St. Andrews.
According to the Daily Mail, Catherine joked with an undergraduate student, “I hope you weren’t involved in the fashion show, you never know what you are going to be asked to wear!” Silly goose. That’s where you met your prince!
Amanda Bradley, who was at the reception and dinner, told the Mail of Catherine: “She clearly loved her time at St Andrews and it was obvious the way she and William spoke about each other that they are absolutely besotted with each other.”
I can’t with you two.
In February 2011, William and Catherine paid a visit to St. Andrews, which the prince said felt like ”coming home.” As a wedding gift, the university created a scholarship in the couple’s honor
“Despite being one of Europe’s leading research institutions, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and of course, far and away the best university in the world, St Andrews has that uncanny knack of feeling like home.
“And so it must have done to generations of undergraduates before us, in fact 600 years’ worth.”