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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 02/14/2011

William and Kate returning to St. Andrews

By Autumn Brewington

Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, who both graduated from St. Andrew's in 2005, will return to their alma mater to help kick off its 600th anniversary. (AP)

Prince William and Kate Middleton, two rather high-profile graduates of the University of St. Andrews, are to return to their alma mater next week.

St. Andrew's, Scotland's oldest university, is preparing to kick off three years of celebrations to mark the 600th anniversary of its founding. The prince has agreed to be a patron of the school's anniversary fundraising efforts.

The three years of celebrations "will mark the formal charter granted by Bishop Henry Wardlaw in February 1411 and the achievement of full university status conferred by Pope Benedict XIII by Papal Bull in 1413," St. Andrews said in a statement. Next week, the royal couple, who met when both lived in St. Salvator's residence hall, are to attend a reception and view the Papal Bull and then unveil a plaque at St. Salvator's Quadrangle.

William and Kate graduated in 2005; the prince initially studied history of art but, unhappy with the courses, switched to geography. Kate, who is credited with persuading William to switch subjects when he reportedly considered dropping out, has a degree in art history.

Their sophomore year, the couple shared an apartment in town with other students and later moved further off campus, still living with friends.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 14, 2011; 11:42 AM ET
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