Students at Kate and Wills’ old university strip off for a dawn skinny dip

Students at Kate and Wills’ old university braved the chilly temperatures for a dawn skinny dip in the sea this morning as May Day celebrations kicked off around the country. 

The University of St Andrews undergraduates took the plunge on the East Sands as the sun rose shortly before 5.30am.

Jumping into the freezing North Sea at dawn on the first of May is traditionally said to promote good luck in exams. 

St Andrews, located 50 miles north of Edinburgh, is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met in 2001.

It came as thousands of Britons take part in May Day celebrations, including University of Oxford students who flooded the streets for the annual tradition of listening to the Magdalen College choir. 

And in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, the White Rose Morris Men took to Castle Hill for their annual ‘Dance of the Dawn’ to welcome the new month.  

Students at the University of St Andrews pose for the camera after taking part in the traditional May Dip this morning to see in the new month - one of many May Day celebrations taking place across the country

Students at the University of St Andrews pose for the camera after taking part in the traditional May Dip this morning to see in the new month - one of many May Day celebrations taking place across the country

Students at the University of St Andrews pose for the camera after taking part in the traditional May Dip this morning to see in the new month – one of many May Day celebrations taking place across the country 

The students took the plunge on the East Sands as the sun rose shortly before 5.30am. The dry and pleasant weather made the experience slightly less bracing than it could have been

The students took the plunge on the East Sands as the sun rose shortly before 5.30am. The dry and pleasant weather made the experience slightly less bracing than it could have been

The students took the plunge on the East Sands as the sun rose shortly before 5.30am. The dry and pleasant weather made the experience slightly less bracing than it could have been 

The White Rose Morris Men during their 'Dance in the Dawn' to mark May Day, or Beltane as it was once known, at first light on Castle Hill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The White Rose Morris Men during their 'Dance in the Dawn' to mark May Day, or Beltane as it was once known, at first light on Castle Hill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The White Rose Morris Men during their ‘Dance in the Dawn’ to mark May Day, or Beltane as it was once known, at first light on Castle Hill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

In Oxford, students packed the streets for the annual tradition of listening to madrigals sung from the tower of Magdalen College. Some looked to be struggling with the early hour

In Oxford, students packed the streets for the annual tradition of listening to madrigals sung from the tower of Magdalen College. Some looked to be struggling with the early hour

One man dressed up in May green

One man dressed up in May green

In Oxford, students packed the streets for the annual tradition of listening to madrigals sung from the tower of Magdalen College. Some looked to be struggling with the early hour (left) while one man dressed up in May green (right)

The rising sun created a stunning scene at this morning's May Dip in St Andrew's. Jumping into the freezing North Sea at dawn on the first of May is traditionally said to promote good luck in exams

The rising sun created a stunning scene at this morning's May Dip in St Andrew's. Jumping into the freezing North Sea at dawn on the first of May is traditionally said to promote good luck in exams

The rising sun created a stunning scene at this morning’s May Dip in St Andrew’s. Jumping into the freezing North Sea at dawn on the first of May is traditionally said to promote good luck in exams

The university advises those who do not fancy taking part in the dip can help by looking after their friends' clothes on the beach

The university advises those who do not fancy taking part in the dip can help by looking after their friends' clothes on the beach

Students after taking the plunge this morning

Students after taking the plunge this morning

St Andrews advises those who do not fancy taking part in the dip can help by looking after their friends’ clothes on the beach. These students (left and right) looked to be enjoying themselves 

It was a quick turnaround for these St Andrews students, who sprinted back to dry land after taking part in the May Dip this morning

It was a quick turnaround for these St Andrews students, who sprinted back to dry land after taking part in the May Dip this morning

It was a quick turnaround for these St Andrews students, who sprinted back to dry land after taking part in the May Dip this morning 

Students laugh and chat as they take part in the annual May Dip this morning, with some grimacing at the bracing conditions

Students laugh and chat as they take part in the annual May Dip this morning, with some grimacing at the bracing conditions

Students laugh and chat as they take part in the annual May Dip this morning, with some grimacing at the bracing conditions 

May Dip participants celebrate in triumph after braving the cold North Sea for the St Andrews May Dip - which is said to promote good luck in exams

May Dip participants celebrate in triumph after braving the cold North Sea for the St Andrews May Dip - which is said to promote good luck in exams

May Dip participants celebrate in triumph after braving the cold North Sea for the St Andrews May Dip – which is said to promote good luck in exams 

Morris dancers perform after the singing of madrigals from the tower of Magdalen College in Oxford, which starts at 6am

Morris dancers perform after the singing of madrigals from the tower of Magdalen College in Oxford, which starts at 6am

Morris dancers perform after the singing of madrigals from the tower of Magdalen College in Oxford, which starts at 6am 

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