Long before they were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton were (almost) normal university students.
The royal fans can’t stop talking about this unearthed clip of Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s graduation.
An old yet very adorable video was recently resurfaced online. The video was shared by a fan account, The Royal UK. The video clip shows the couple at their graduation ceremony from the University of St. Andrews in 2005. You can also see the members of the royal family watching proudly from the audience.
The video footage originated from Kate & William: A Modern Royal Romance, shows the now-Duchess, then referred to as “Catherine Middleton,” being called upon to kneel and accept her cap and gown. Then the display cuts to Prince William, called “William Wales,” doing just the same thing. (He possibly took the last name “Wales” for school as his father’s royal title is Prince of Wales. Likewise, Prince William’s children take the last name “Cambridge” at school, as his title is Duke of Cambridge.)
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Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, and step-mom, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, beamed with pride after his name was called. His lovely grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were also glowing with excitement.
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Although the video exhibits Kate and William’s processions in continuation, the pair wasn’t actually seen together during the graduation, according to The Telegraph. But the function was relatively small, opposed to the massive state university graduations we usually see in the U.S. There were about 260 graduates with about 800 guests, according to the British outlet.
Nevertheless, they did pose with each other that day for a famous throwback photo. William and Kate are believed to have first met at St. Andrews, but royal expert Katie Nicholl suggested the couple actually crossed paths through mutual friends before they started college in 2001.
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Duchess Kate recollected the self-conscious nature of her first encounter with William. She confessed that she “went bright red and scuttled off feeling very shy,” in their engagement interview in 2010.
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