|The Will and Kate Royal Tour|
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St. Andrews, Scotland
Will & Kate connection: In 2001, the couple met at St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university, while studying art history. Their rooms in St. Salvator’s Hall of Residence were in close proximity, and in 2002 Prince William forked over £200 to watch Kate model a sexy, sheer dress in a charity fashion show (naughty Will!). The following year, they moved into a student house on Hope Street with two other friends, but weren’t officially dating.
See & do: The university itself, founded in 1413, is integrated into the center of this picturesque medieval town. As you wander past the stately, ivy-clad edifices and gardens, imagine Will and Kate discussing romantic things like all-night cram sessions and overdue library books. There is also a university museum on site.
Once the largest in Scotland, the town cathedral is now in ruins, save the lofty St. Rule’s tower. Likewise, the circa-1200 castle has seen better days. But since Will and Kate surely walked by it many times, diehard fans ought to stop for a gander. “Steve,” as Prince William was known on campus for privacy reasons, also took Kate for strolls on West Sands beach, one of Scotland’s finest. Finally, the town is known for kindling something other than a royal liaison: golf. The game was first played here as early as the 15th century. If you want to tee off on the original course, you’ll have to book months in advance...or try dropping the name “Steve”?
Eat & drink: Prince William frequented Ma Bells Bistro Bar at the St. Andrews Golf Hotel during his student days. The pub features plenty of lagers and imported bottled beers, but rumor has it Will’s drink of choice was cider.
Sleep: St. Andrews Golf Hotel, home of William’s preferred watering hole, is a stylish boutique hotel with views over St. Andrews bay and links. You can also stay in a student residence at the university when school’s out in summer.
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