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Kate Middleton greets old history teacher with a hug during visit to Cornwall museum


The Princess of Wales greeted her old history teacher with a hug as they were reunited for the first time in 25 years today.

The mother-of-three, 41, visited the harbour town of Falmouth on Thursday with Prince William to learn about the area’s maritime heritage at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Before heading into the museum, the royal was approached by Jim Embury – who was her history teacher at St Andrews prep school in Berkshire.

The Princess of Wales looked delighted to see Mr Embury – who now volunteers at the museum – again after over two decades. 

 Kate recognised her former teacher instantly, threw her arms around him and said: ‘My gosh, that’s taken me right back!’

She then went on to say how she can visualise exactly what her teacher’s classroom used to book like.

When finding out that Mr Embury had relocated to Cornwall, Kate enthusiastically said: ‘No way!’ 

According to Cornwall Live, she then gushed: ‘The things you taught me, I now teach to my children.’

The pair happily reminisced together in front of crowds of royal fans as Prince William continued to speak with spectators.  

Following the meeting, Jim told the local paper: ‘She was a fantastic student and it was a great class.’ 

After the Middleton family moved back to the UK from Jordan in 1986, the Princess of Wales attended St Andrews school in Berkshire before then studying at nearby Downe House boarding school. 

She then later moved to the prestigious Marlborough College before going on to study History of Art at the University of St Andrews – where she met Prince William.

During their visit to the museum’s workshop, the Prince and Princess of Wales helped those working on the refurbishment of the Kiwi, a 14-foot sailing dinghy which was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as a wedding present from the Royal New Zealand Navy.

The Princess of Wales threw her arms around her old teacher Jim Embury as he approached her outside the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

According to Cornwall Live, Kate gushed: 'The things you taught me, I now teach to my children.'

According to Cornwall Live, Kate gushed: ‘The things you taught me, I now teach to my children.’

The former history teacher now volunteers at the museum Prince William and the Princess of Wales visited today

The former history teacher now volunteers at the museum Prince William and the Princess of Wales visited today

Looking effortlessly elegant, mother-of-three Kate sported a chestnut brown Hobbs coat she first debuted in 2012, teamed with matching knee-high boots and a red outfit underneath. William looked dapper in a navy blazer and coordinating jumper.

In November, William made his first official visit to Cornwall since taking on the Duke title, where he met staff, volunteers and young people at Newquay Orchard, which offers environmental education, employability training and community events.  

William became the heir apparent – and known as the Prince of Wales – after the death of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of his father Charles to the throne.

He also inherited the title Duke of Cornwall and is now the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge. Kate is now known as the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. 

The royal couple, both 41, look at an exhibit during a visit to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The royal couple, both 41, look at an exhibit during a visit to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The museum is located in Discovery Quay and is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, having been established in 2003. 

It features fifteen galleries, a boat building workshop and interactive exhibits, making it a popular destination for families and tourists across Cornwall and beyond.

Kate and William heard from a group of young people who are taking part in the ‘Young and Talented Cornwall’ scheme which provides financial support to help young people from across Cornwall fulfil their potential, regardless of their financial means or background. 

In total, the fund has given out almost £350,000 to some 275 individuals in the past ten years – supporting future Olympic medal winners, international rugby players, and musicians now playing in major orchestras, among others. 

Finally, the Duke and Duchess watched pupils from a local school taking part in a model boat race before departing the museum. 



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