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Kate Middleton and Prince William Head Back to School for Anniversary Dinner

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It was homecoming night at Will and Kate's alma mater.

Kate Middleton and Prince William gave it the old college try in London Thursday, when they joined up with their fellow prestigious alumni for a gala dinner in honor of St. Andrews University, the Scottish school where both royals attended and, famously, fell in love.

As for the specific occasion of their public outing: the institution's 600th anniversary. It puts the old-school in, um, old school.

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Sticking with the theme of what's old is new again, the Duchess of Cambridge continued her sartorial recycling, opting to wear a floor-length Alice Temperley black and cream lace gown—clearly a favorite of hers, as the 30-year-old wore it not only to the royal premiere of War Horse back in January of this year, but was forever immortalized in it, as a replica gown is one of two outfits in rotation on her Madame Tussauds wax figure. She mixed it up somewhat, however, with the pop-of-color addition of a bright red clutch.

And Wills...well, he was there too. In what was no doubt a bespoke penguin suit.

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The duke actually did take time during the evening to pay tribute to the school, where he and Kate met while both were art history students. Which, naturally, means he's a bit biased.

"Despite being one of Europe's leading institutions, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and, of course, far and away the best university in the world, St. Andrews still has that uncanny knack of feeling like home," he said. "Happy birthday, St. Andrews, here's to you and here's to the next 600 years."

 

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