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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 02/25/2011

William and Kate return to St. Andrews

By Autumn Brewington

[UPDATED: 11:34 a.m.]

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Prince William and Kate Middleton in Scotland on Friday. (Andrew Milligan/AFP/Getty Images)

Six years after their graduation, Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, returned to the University of St. Andrews to kick off celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of the school's founding.

Crowds lined the streets to catch sight of William and Kate, who met as freshmen and graduated in 2005. The visit -- the couple's first official engagement in Scotland -- came about because the prince is patron of the St. Andrews fundraising campaign tied to the anniversary. William, who appeared in Scotland today in a dark blue suit, received a degree in geography. Kate, dressed in a bright red suit, tall black boots and black gloves, graduated with a degree in art history.

As a wedding gift, the university announced today that is bestowing a scholarship for underprivileged students in the couple's honor; valued at about $113,000, the scholarship is meant to cover tuition costs, accommodations and living expenses for a four-year degree undergraduate degree in science, arts, medicine or divinity.

British media are all over the visit, which began with a two-hour reception at the university at which the couple were the guests of honor.

In a speech, the Daily Mail reported, the prince said: "This is a very special moment for Catherine and me, it feels like coming home.

"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 still has that uncanny knack of feeling like home and so it must have done for generations of undergraduates before us."

The Mail quoted John Walden, a geography professor who taught the prince, saying of the prince as a student: "He was fabulous. He made life very easy for us. He tried as hard as he could" to have a typical student experience.

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Kate Middleton in Scotland on Friday. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

By Autumn Brewington  | February 25, 2011; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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Comments

On your blog post of Feb 17, "Wedding photographer chosen (and it's not Mario Testino)": Mario Testino was not "passed over." He is a fashion photographer, not a wedding photographer. Those are two very different types of photography. Fashion photography is very much posed, the lighting is controlled, etc. Wedding photographers have to be ready for candid, emotional moments, and they have to run around after the bride and groom all day. There is no "irony" here, Ms Brewington.

Posted by: afterglow1 | February 27, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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