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July 03, 2015 03:30 PM

These aren’t just any old British school chums reuniting at a polo match!

One’s the heir to the British throne and the other is the reigning Best Actor Oscar winner, but chances are Prince William and Eddie Redmayne were simply happy to see one another Friday – and reminisce about their Eton days.

William, 33, was all smiles as he greeted Redmayne, also 33, and his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, at the Audi Polo Challenge at the Cambridge County Polo Club in Cambridge, England, two days before his daughter, Princess Charlotte, is due to be christened.

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The two men have quite the shared history: They both attended the elite Eton College (the equivalent of high school in the United States) together in Berkshire, England. The pair were members of the elite Eton Society together, also known as Pop, a group of seniors tasked with exercising discipline at the school. (Think Harry Potter.)

Eddie Redmayne (bottom, fourth from right) with Prince William (top right) at Eton in 2000
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Redmayne confirmed earlier this year that the pair also played on the rugby team together, with the actor calling the royal a “wonderful man.”

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