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Prince William engagement: reading about the royals

To get a closer look at Prince William, whose engagement to Kate Middleton was announced today, you can dive into some books. As you can imagine, with all the attention devoted to British royalty, there is no shortage of reading material.

This Vanity Fair excerpt from Katie Nicholl's new book "William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls" describes the prince's start at the University of St Andrews: "She was shy and quieter than the other girls, which William liked, and he looked forward to their meetings. Often Kate would go running before breakfast and arrive at the dining hall just before breakfast was over. Within weeks William was bold enough to invite her to join him. ... Health-conscious like his father, William would choose muesli and fruit, as did Kate. They quickly discovered they had plenty in common. Kate was a country girl who loved playing sports and was a keen swimmer, like William. She was also a good skier and, just like William, had enjoyed a gap year traveling around the world before going to St. Andrews.

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Kate also has sparked some quickie bios, including "Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting" by Claudia Joseph and "William's Princess: The Love Story that will Change the Royal Family Forever" by Robert Jobson.

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