Duchess Kate recycles dress and memories of see-through fashion
Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend a reception and dinner in aid of the University of St. Andrews 600th anniversary appeal in London on Thursday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate were taking a swanky stroll down memory lane Thursday in London while lending their celebrity to the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Campaign.
During the black-tie affair, Duchess Kate even recalled the now legendary fashion-show appearance she made during her time at school. It was at that show -- as Kate paraded down the runway in a see-through outfit, so the story goes (check it out below) -- that William finally sat up and took notice of his friend as more than a friend.
While talking with one of the current students during Thursday's reception, Kate deadpanned: "I hope you weren't involved in the fashion show ... you never know what you are going to be asked to wear."
Speaking of wear, Kate recyled a lacy Alice Temperley gown that she first wore at the premiere of War Horse in January.
William and Kate first met at the Scottish university in 2001 as freshmen studying the history of art. The royals graduated in 2005 (William in geography, Kate in art history) and returned as an engaged couple in February 2011 to help kick off the university's 600th birthday campaign.
About 250 people attended the dinner in London Thursday night in aid of a scholarship fund aimed at allowing disadvantaged students to attend St. Andrews, billed as the third oldest university in the the UK (behind Oxford and Cambridge).
It also boasts that it is one of the top match-making universities, where about one in 10 go on to marry fellow students.
Prince William spoke of how the university was "dear to us."
"First of all, we have been privileged to receive the best university educations," William said in his speech. "Secondly, we all love St Andrews. We love it for the academic start in life it gave us.
"We love it for its traditions -- traditions that lie at the very heart of Scotland's history. We love it because it made us look beyond St Andrews, beyond the borders of Scotland, to the wide world. But perhaps most important of all, we love it for the friendships it has given us."
It has been a few days of reunions for Kate, who had a surprise and rare public outing with her sister Pippa on Wednesday night. The jeans-clad siblings were shopping at a charity bazaar in downtown London for the East Anglia charity Ormiston in support of children in the east of England. An extra-added attraction was Lupo, Kate's year-old cocker spaniel, held tightly on its leash by the duchess as she made her way through the shoppers at the Burlington Arcade.
ELECTION? WHAT ELECTION?
There was a story making the rounds that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge sent a "personal note" congratulating Barack Obama on winning the U.S. presidential election. The "exclusive" report came from the not-always-reliable Us Weekly, but was quickly denied by St. James's Palace, according to Socialite Life.
The Palace doesn't normally spend a lot of time confirming or denying media reports, but in world where fiction travels just as fast as fact, it has become almost unavoidable. William and Kate met the the president and Michelle Obama at a reception at Buckingham Palace in May of 2011 (right).
LEAPIN' MUTTON! PRINCE CHARLES FEELING SHEEPISH IN TASMANIA
Say this about Prince Charles ... he even knows how to make sheep feel at home.
The Prince of Wales' ever-moving tour of Australia included a stop at a sheep farm in Tasmania on Thursday, where he was given the Coles Notes version of how to produce valuable Merino wool. As a gesture of inclusion, Charles wore a double-breasted suit made of the fabric.
As if on cue, some of the farm animals put on a show for the prince. One of the herding dogs, Zig, skipped across the backs of sheep heading for the shearing shed and one of the sheep did a niftly vertical leap right in front of the bemused royal.
Despite the generally muddy conditions, Charles managed to his suit clean as he continued his sheep education and tried his hand at some fleece tossing.
Charles and Camilla's two-week tour of Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand continues in Sydney on Friday.
PRINCE PHILIP HONOURS WAR DEAD
Prince Philip salutes after placing a cross during a service at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London on Thursday. (Reuters)
Wearing his uniform as Admiral of the Fleet, the 91-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was invited to lay two crosses in honour of unknown British soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.
The Field features hundreds of small wooden crosses with poppies commemorating the war dead and is organized by the Royal British Legion. The Field at the Abbey is marked with the crosses for eight days. The tradition began in 1928.
During the Second World War, Philip served on several ships in the British fleet, both in the Atlantic and Pacific, and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant by war's end.
A sea of crosses bearing pictures of soldiers killed in Afghanistan is placed in the Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Thursday in London, England. Hundreds of small crosses bearing a poppy have been planted in a tribute to British servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict. (Getty Images)