THE Duchess of Cambridge returned to her old school in West Berkshire today (Friday).
Her Royal Highness visited St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, where she was a pupil between 1986 and 1995, for St Andrews Day.
Appropriately dressed in a tartan outfit, the Duchess was greeted by a piper at the school as she arrived at 12.40pm.
It is the first time the Duchess has undertaken an offical visit in West Berkshire, where she grew up, since her marriage to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, in April last year.
Her Royal Highness enjoyed a lunch of Scottish beef after which she met pupils and staff.
As she entered one of the classrooms, she commented: “It’s very quiet in here. I bet it’s not always like this.”
The Duchess then made her way to the school’s new artificial hockey pitch, which she officially opened by unveiling a plaque.
Her Royal Highness, who once captained the school hockey team, said she was thrilled to be back at her old school.
The Duchess said: “I absolutely loved my time here. They were some of my happiest years. I enjoyed it so much that when I left I said I would come back as a teacher.”
As part of St Andrews Day, the school held its traditional ‘progressive games’ – a number of indoor activities such as tiddlywinks.
The Duchess joined in with a game of paper helicopter, in which the player aims to propel their paper helicopter into a basket.
The school’s assistant headteacher, Richard Hudson, taught the Duchess English, religious studies and table tennis.
“She was just a lovely and charming person, as she still is.
“She threw herself into everything she did, including music, choir and sport.”
For a report and many more photographs, see next Thursday’s Newbury Weekly News.