Matt Dunham/AP
February 15, 2011 10:30 AM

Prince William and Kate Middleton are heading back to school.

On Feb. 25, William, 28, will be undertaking an official engagement at St. Andrew’s University – the couple’s alma mater – and he’s taking his fiancée Kate, 29, as part of her immersion into royal life.

Kate will also be with him the day before on another royal duty as he launches a lifeboat close to their Welsh home on Anglesey.

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The palace views these visits as what will be expected of Kate in her public role. Kate herself has praised William for his help as she transitions from commoner to princess, calling him a “great teacher.”

The couple, who fell in love at St. Andrews, are set to meet some staff and students and announce the prince’s support of the university’s 600th anniversary appeal, which spans three years. “St. Andrews is clearly very special to both William and Catherine,” a palace spokesman says.

“I am delighted that Prince William has agreed to be Patron of our 600th Anniversary Appeal,” St. Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said in a statement.

“Anniversaries are a time for reflection, celebration, and for action,” added Richardson. “St. Andrews has much to celebrate and so much still to achieve. We hope that Prince William and Miss Middleton are the first among many who will reconnect with St. Andrews and join in the celebrations.”

And on Feb. 24 in Wales, William is set to name Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station’s new lifeboat and the couple will watch as the crew demonstrates some of the vessel’s rescue capabilities.

Both visits will also give ordinary Britons in some of the further-flung areas of the U.K. a chance to see William and Kate in the days leading up to their wedding.

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