Kate Middleton and Prince William’s secret dates in Anstruther

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delighted to travel to Edinburgh last Thursday, as William was installed as a Knight of the Thistle, at an extra special ceremony at St Giles Cathedral.

The royal couple have fond memories of Scotland, having fallen in love in St Andrews, where they both studied at the University.

Now they like to return to Scotland as often as they can, enjoying romantic breaks at the picturesque royal estate of Balmoral and also heading to Anstruther, where they enjoyed special times together when they were dating.

Close friend, Blake singer Jules Knight, recently spoke about Kate and William’s courtship, telling OK! magazine: “They were always spending time together, going down to Anstruther (a town in Fife) to go banana boating or playing golf or going for a walk.”

In Scotland, Kate and William are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn and the glamorous Countess delighted Scots fans by wearing a striking Strathearn tartan scarf with her pale yellow Emilia Wickstead coat at William’s ceremony last week.

It’s not the first time she has been seen sporting the yellow and red tartan, as she teamed the same scarf with the scarlet Alexander McQueen gown she wore during the Thames Jubilee Pageant last month.

Kate and William have a busy few weeks ahead as they embrace their roles as Olympic Ambassadors for London 2012.

But they are likely to squeeze in a visit to their beloved Scotland before long and trips north of the border could become more frequent, if recent reports are to be believed.

William is said to be keen to transfer to RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, in 2013 and Kate is believed to be looking forward to the prospect of joining him.

Earlier this year, a senior RAF source told The Mirror: “Lossiemouth will also give the chance for William to command his own helicopter.”

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