Next Tuesday night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be guests of honor at the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2005 graduates William and Catherine will be joined by 450 guests, including Tom Hanks (whom the couple met at the LA BAFTA event in 2011), Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat (whose daughter attends St. Andrews), Sean Connery, Mary-Kate Olsen and her
dad fiance, Olivier Sarkozy, according to The New York Post.
The dinner, priced at $100,000 a table, was organized to support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university’s medical and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at St. Andrews.
Also joining Their Royal Highnesses inside the Met’s Temple of Dendur will be Cartier executive Stanislas de Quercize, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Alastair Borthwick, just a few of the Wall Street names that are sending the university’s New York-based alumni through the roof.
“I’m not shelling out that kind of money, and none of my peer group is going,” one graduate told the Post. “St. Andrews prides itself on being understated and devoid of pomp and circumstance — that’s why William went there in the first place. This is about St. Andrews boosting its profile on Wall Street.”
To be fair, tickets to that famous 2002 “Don’t Walk” charity fashion show Catherine modeled in went for over $300 a pop, which is equivalent to $100,000 when you’re in college.
William and Catherine arrive in New York City on Sunday, December 7th.