Every morning he and his friends sat in the same place, next to the head table, where a crimson throne and 18 seats were reserved for the wardens and deans.

The impressive ground-floor dining hall was decorated with heavy oil paintings of philosophers from the Scottish Enlightenment and beautiful stained-glass windows, and there was always a cooked breakfast available.

William wanted to be treated the same as everyone else, and at St. The media had agreed with the Palace to leave the prince in peace after he granted the world’s press a brief interview and photo call the day he arrived. Salvator’s is one of the university’s 11 halls of residence and is split into male and female living quarters. Kate Middleton had been crowned the prettiest girl at Sally’s by the end of freshman week.

Health-conscious like his father, William would choose muesli and fruit, as did Kate. Kate was a country girl who loved playing sports and was a keen swimmer, like William.

She was also a good skier and, just like William, had enjoyed a gap year traveling around the world before going to St. Kate had spent several months in Florence, and she chatted with William about the Renaissance artists they would soon be studying and the courses they planned to take.

The path of royal love rarely runs smooth, and Prince William and Kate Middleton certainly have stumbled along their way, not least over all the other gorgeous young women in the prince’s orbit. It’s not like I’m getting married—though that’s what it feels like sometimes.

In an excerpt from her new book, the author takes the couple from their 2001 meeting at the University of St. While members of the royal family have traditionally gone to Oxford or Cambridge, Prince William was set on breaking 150 years of tradition by going to St.

It was very much a university thing, just a regular university romance.” They discussed plays and literature, and Carley told William all about her home life in Devon.

Other evenings they would enjoy pints of cider at the Castle pub, on North Street, and play board games or enjoy dinner parties with their friends. Andrews, so we tended to go to pubs and bars, and there was always a good dinner party going on,” recalled Carley.Andrews, which is considered one of the best in the United Kingdom, appealed to the prince, who was keen to postpone royal engagements for as long as possible. Salvator’s Hall, his home for the next year, on the crisp morning of September 23, 2001.He settled in quickly, and although the town’s 16,000 residents were initially inquisitive, they soon left him alone.She got along well with William’s friends Fergus Boyd, an Eton classmate, and Olli Chadwick-Healey.They were part of a group known as the Sally’s boys, which also included Ali Coutts-Wood, Graham Booth, Charlie Nelson, and Oli Baker, who would later share a house with William and Kate.She was the 18-year-old daughter of Major Nicholas Musgrave, who managed the Cirencester Park Polo Club, and they had known each other since they were little.