Scottish university a proud royal match-maker

Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:35am EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters Life!) - When Britain's Prince William went to St Andrews University, little did he know he'd find his future bride in the tiny coastal town.

But when he proposed to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton last week, William joined a string of St Andrews graduates who met their spouses at "Britain's top matchmaking university."

St Andrews, one of Britain's oldest universities, prides itself on a long tradition of alumni getting married to each other. It says one in 10 students meet their spouses there and at William and Middleton's 2005 graduation, the principal told graduates they may have met their partners.

"It think it's fantastic news, the whole of Scotland is excited," St Andrews resident Christine Dodd, a pensioner, said. "St Andrews was proud when he came to study here, you can imagine the delight now that a royal match was made here."

Picturesque St Andrews, on Scotland's east coast, is known for its golf courses, clean beaches and historical buildings.

It has no nightclubs and students socialize through dinner parties and social club or "society" balls.

"It would be nice if they got married here," a shop assistant who gave her name as Mary said. "It's all thanks to St Andrews that they are together."

William and Middleton, both 28, met in 2001 when they studied art history together, although he later switched to geography. William lived a fairly typical student life.   Continued...