UK royal couple visit university where love bloomed

Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:26pm EST
 
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By Toby Melville

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton returned to the university where they fell in love on Friday with an official visit to St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland.

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 scrutinized by the international media as preparations are made for their wedding in London's Westminster Abbey on April 29.

"This is a very special moment for Catherine and me," the prince said in a brief speech. "It feels like coming home."

Middleton, 29, wore a bright red suit with black belt and gloves and the prince, 28, donned a dark blue suit. After the formalities of the visit, they greeted hundreds of well-wishers who had lined the streets to see the couple.

The trip to mark the university's 600th anniversary followed their first official outing as a couple on Thursday, where Middleton's appearance at a boat launch ceremony in Wales was lauded in the royalty-obsessed British media.

"Kate's a Corker" was the headline in the Daily Mirror tabloid. "Glamorous Kate Middleton sparkled at her first official engagement," wrote its royal reporter Victoria Murphy, reflecting the media's generally gushing tone.

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<p>Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton visit St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>