The Duchess of Cambridge revealed she wanted to be a teacher, as she showed off her hockey skills during a visit to her old prep school yesterday.
Kate confessed that she enjoyed her time so much at St Andrew’s, in Pangbourne, Berkshire, that she told her mother she wanted to return as a member of staff.
And she said she and her sister, Pippa, kept guinea pigs at the school, with one named Pip, after her sibling, while the other took Kate’s apparent nickname of Squeak.
The duchess described her feelings about her ten years at the school during a short speech to inaugurate a new artificial-grass pitch.
Later, her hockey skills were on show when she joined a group of 12-year-olds for a training session – dressed in an Alexander McQueen frockcoat and calf-length boots.
The duchess said: “I absolutely loved my time here; they were some of my happiest years.
“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.”
She said that she realised her love of sport while she was at school there. “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.”
St Andrew’s Day is commemorated by the private school, where Kate, 30, studied from 1986 to 1995, with a range of activities. Founded in 1934 with a staff of two and just eight boys, the institution is still based in the same large Victorian country house built in 1885.
Kate went on to St Andrews University where she met fellow student Prince William.