Kate Middleton Helps Raise $2 Million for University of St Andrews in Scotland

December 10, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William helped raise over $2 million for their alma mater St. Andrews in Scotland while visiting New York City.

The royal couple were the stars of a 600th anniversary fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on their last evening in the city.

450 guests paid between $2,500 and $10,000 for a ticket for the dinner, meaning well over $2 million was raised, reported the Daily Beast.

The money raised will fund new sports facilities at the university in addition to bringing children from poorer backgrounds into the hold through scholarships.

The Duchess arrived wearing a Jenny Packham silk dress, donning it for the third time in about a year. She wrote it at a hedge funds dinner in October 2013, then again for an event at the National Portrait Gallery in April 2014.

She was not quoted in any publications but some of William’s comments were alluding to how the couple met while studying at the school. 

 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Metropolitan Museum of Art to attend the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Carlo Allegri - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Metropolitan Museum of Art to attend the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Carlo Allegri – Pool/Getty Images)

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, Pool)
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, Pool)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jason DeCrow - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jason DeCrow – Pool/Getty Images)

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Richard Perry - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Richard Perry – Pool/Getty Images)

 

“I don’t need to tell you how much St Andrews means to me and Catherine. By joining us here this evening you are supporting a remarkable independent institution,” he said.

After the event, which was attended by Princess Eugenie, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Anna Wintour, among others, Kate and William were whisked to John F. Kennedy Airport to fly back home.

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