William and Kate: A Tale of the Typical Student Romance?
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Prince William and Kate Middleton: the modern Royal celebrities who live in a completely different world, only accessible to us via the glossy pages of Hello! magazine or through the occasional TV documentary. This is the general opinion I uncovered when asking a selection of students how “normal” they consider William and Kate to be - clearly the answer suggests “not very”. However, the love story behind the Royal wedding suggests that William and Kate may actually be more like the average students than we may first think. The media has frequently coined their relationship ‘The Modern Romance’ but, reading the story of how the couple got together, ‘The Typical Student Romance’ also seems an appropriate description of this seemingly normal love story. Meeting your husband or wife at university is extremely common and will certainly happen for many of us. William and Kate have followed the trend by beginning their love story at the University of St Andrew’s, which has a high percentage of relationships resulting in marriage. Despite being the future King of England, William spent his first year of university living in university accommodation, St Salvator’s Hall, also the residence of his future wife. After their first year, it was time to move out of halls and find a house. Having become good friends, William and Kate decided to share a house for their second year, along with two other university friends. Speaking in their first TV interview since the announcement of their engagement, William and Kate appeared to look back fondly on their time sharing a student house, laughing and joking about William’s apparently rather poor cooking ability and reminiscing about good times spent with their housemates. Apart from the mention of ‘their first TV interview’, I could be describing the university lives of any typical students.
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