- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent final night of whirlwind New York City tour at a glittery fundraising gala
- They were raising money for St Andrews University in Scotland, where they both met and fell in love as students
- Cash will fund scholarships and bursaries for under-privileged students, as well as new sports and media facilities
- Some guests paid $10,000 to attend event at Metropolitan Museum of Art; US comedian Seth Meyers gave a toast
- William told 450 seated attendees: ‘I don’t need to tell you how much St Andrews means to me and Catherine’
- Last night, the royal couple, boarded a flight to UK, where they will be reunited with Prince George
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They met there. And later fell in love.
And last night, the Kate Middleton attended a glitzy gala dinner to raise money for their alma mater: St Andrews University in Scotland. Prince William and his wife Kate – who both earned degrees at the university – were the guests of honour at the lavish $10,000-a-head 600th anniversary event at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the couple’s final engagement of their three-day visit to America.
Donning a midnight blue Jenny Packham evening gown and with her hair swept up in an elegant chignon, the pregnant Duchess beamed as she was met on the museum’s steps by an honor guard of fellow St Andrews alumni dressed in the university’s traditional red gowns and officials wearing kilts.
Disappointingly, perhaps, for fashion watchers, Kate has worn the stunning dress twice before in public. But with her handsome dinner suited-husband at her side, the effect was still suitably regal and the most formal outfit she has sported during their overseas trip.
The Duchess, who drank water during the event, teamed the gown with fashionable black heels, her stunning engagement ring and long diamond and emerald earrings, which were a private gift.
The couple were then escorted to a reception in the museum’s Velez Blanco patio, where they mingled with the other 450 guests – who had paid between $2,500 and $10,000 to attend the dinner – surrounded by 16th century marble statues brought over wholesale from a castle in Spain.
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They later dined in the Temple of Dendur, a vast room decorated with statues of Egyptian gods that was built specifically to house an Egyptian temple built just before the birth of Christ. The sandstone temple was given to the U.S. in its entirety in 1965.
Although actor Tom Hanks – whose daughter went to St. Andrews – was due to give the after-dinner toast at the black-tie event, he was forced to pull out at the last minute for personal reasons. Instead, U.S. comedian and chat show host Seth Meyers was drafted in.
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