Monday, January 10, 2011

Where William Met Kate

Visiting the Scottish coastal town of 17,000, or the University with its 7,700 students, you would not immediately think of St. Andrews as the backdrop for red hot romance. The medieval city is bleak, gray, cold and rainy. At the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, golfers hang onto their hats in the chilly wind and try to avoid hitting balls into the open sea. The buildings are old, gray and distinguished. Founded in 1413, St. Andrews is Scotland's most ancient university, with the slogan: "From first to foremost."

Nowadays St. Andrews is a research university with high rankings, including top-of-the-chart scores for student satisfaction. No wonder the English gentry go there to study and find their spouses. It was a natural choice for Prince William, in part because its remoteness made it easier to protect him. The bright daughter of an ambitious business couple, Kate Middleton also gravitated there. Nearly the same age, both entered in 2001.

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