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A speech by The Duchess of Cambridge at her former school St Andrew's in Berkshire

Published 30 November 2012

Thank you, Headmaster.

It is such a treat l to be back here at St Andrew’s.  I absolutely loved my time here; they were some of my happiest years, which makes it so incredibly special to be here today. 

In fact, I enjoyed it so much that when I had to leave, I told my mother that I was going to come back to be a teacher.  While that didn’t quite happen, I was thrilled to have been asked back today on St. Andrew's Day.

It was while I was here at school that I realised my love of sport.  Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces - though sadly there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time!

I hope that you all enjoy playing sport here as much as I used to, and make the most of these incredible facilities.  It gives me great pleasure to declare this Astro officially open.

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