Did Kate Middleton Go to College?

Though Kate Middleton and Prince William have only been married since 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge has been in the spotlight for way longer than that. Throughout her lengthy relationship with the future King of England, the duchess has been graceful and poised, speaking out for children and advocating for mental health while raising her three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Though she had her own career as an accessories buyer for a London-based clothing store called Jigsaw Junior before marrying into the British Royal Family, did the duchess attend college? 

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge

Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge | Getty Images/ AP Photo/Frank Augstein, pool


Did Kate Middleton go to college?

Middleton attended St. Andrews University. The school is the oldest university in Scotland, and it’s one of Great Britain’s most prestigious school. After graduating from Marlborough boarding school, Middleton was set to attend the University of Edinburgh. However, at the last minute, she changed her mind –took a gap year and chose St. Andrews instead. Before enrolling in the university, Middleton spent some time in Chile and she also attended the British Institute of Florence in Palazzo dello Strozzino in Florence, Italy, where she studied Art History. She began her studies at St. Andrews in 2001.

What was Kate Middleton’s major in college?

When the duchess initially enrolled in St. Andrews, she was a psychology major. However, she quickly changed her mind and decided to major in History of Art which is what she received her degree in when she graduated in 2005. By the time she graduated, Middleton and Prince William were hot and heavy.

How did Kate Middleton and Prince William meet?

Most people believe that Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton met at St. Andrews University their freshman year, but that’s not actually accurate. The pair met in 2001 before school began. Royal expert Kate Nicholl told Katie Couric in 2013, “This was really fascinating for me. I was speaking to some of her friends at Marlborough School, which was where she went before St. Andrews, and they said, “Uh uh, she didn’t meet him at St. Andrews. She met him before she got there… through some of her friends. They knew Prince William and Prince Harry.” So there was an early meeting, and that for me changed everything.”

Initially, the pair were just friends, and they even dated other people. However, by their second semester, they were hot and heavy. Though Middleton was dating an older guy who was in law school, the prince saw her walking in a fashion show which changed how he thought about her. He cornered her at the fashion show after-party and kissed her. She broke it off with her beau, and she and Prince William have been together ever since –except for that brief breakup in 2007.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Is the Duchess of Cambridge the first royal woman to attend college?

The University Herald notes that the Duchess of Cambridge is the first royal bride to receive a university degree –which is true. Though royal women like Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and Zara Tindall all attended college, the duchess was the first woman to marry into the royal family with a degree. Duchess Meghan Markle also went to college.

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