Kate Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane and Visits her Old Prep School


Yesterday, Kate took a trip down memory lane and paid a visit to her old primary school, St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Berkshire. She attended the school from 1986 to 1995.


The private boarding and prep school has an annual St. Andrew’s Day (the annual celebration of the patron saint of Scotland) festival and play day, and they invited the Duchess of Cambridge to participate.

Photo credit: @radiomatty on Twitter
Kate met teachers and students for lunch before opening a new Astroturf playing field and watching the school’s traditional “Progressive Games” – where teams of children take part in several different games.
Photo credit: WKW
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue and green tartan Alexander McQueen coat dress that matched the school’s uniforms. The bespoke coat-dress features long-sleeves, a high neck and a flared knee-length skirt.
Tartan Origami Wool Capped Sleeve Dress On sale for $587.12 (Was $838.74)
The Black Watch plaid coat (£4210)
McQueen offered several similar pieces in their fall line.
Completing her outfit, Kate wore a pair of heeled Aquatalia Rhumba knee-high boots over black tights, she held a simple black clutch (still unidentified) and her sapphire and diamond earrings.

A Look Back at Kate’s School Days — Courtesy the Daily Mail

Celebrating a hockey pitch
Tennis team
Netball team
Hockey team
Additional Pictures from Kate’s Visit
Update 12/3/2012
Additional information on black watch tartan
The tartan that Kate is wearing is called ‘black watch tartan.’ This tartan bears the name of the famous 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch), the premier Highland Regiment. First raised in 1729, as four Independent Companies of Highlanders to patrol and keep the peace within the Highlands. Their complement was increased in 1739 and the companies formed into a regiment. The Black Watch has a long record of military service to the nation. They were called “Freiceadan Dubh” by the Highlanders in allusion to the sombre colours of their tartan and to their employment as Watchers over the Highlands.

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