Sporting a bright red suit to match the famous formal gowns of the students, the royal couple were provided a “welcome home” by Sir Menzies Campbell, the chancellor of their alma mater. Saying the college is always proud of its former students, Campbell note, “We take particular pride in both of you.”
“This is a very special moment for Catherine and me. It feels like coming home,” William said in the university’s quadrangle, where 600 guests had gathered to mark the prince’s role as patron of the university’s 600th appeal, which aims to raise $160 million over the next three years.
The couple, who studied for four years in the romantic university town, also toured their old Art History lecture hall and took a walk past the halls of residence where they both lived as freshmen in their student year of 2001-2002. At the end of the ceremony on the quad, some 3,000 well-wishers greeted them along North Street.
William and Catherine also received an early wedding present: a scholarship established by the college in their honor. It will be worth more than $100,000 and go toward future students’ tuition fees and accommodation.
“We wish them a life of love, health and happiness,” said principal Louise Richardson.
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