Prince William will marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year after the pair became engaged on a recent visit to Kenya, Clarence House announced today.
The couple, who met 8 years ago whilst both studying at St. Andrews University, will marry in London sometime next year, with a spring or summer wedding the most likely outcome.
The engagement was announced earlier today in a short statement released by Clarence House. It read: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton
“Prince William has informed the Queen and other close members of his family. He has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.”
Middleton has long been dubbed “waity Katy” by many sections of the British press, who criticised her for seemingly hanging on for the Prince to propose, but now she need wait no longer.
On hearing the news, Prime Minister David Cameron gave his reaction: “This is a great day for our country and I am sure everyone will wish them a long, and happy life together.”
It has also been confirmed that the couple will live in North Wales once they are married, but more details are expected later this evening, when the newly engaged couple will make their first public appearance since the announcement was made.
By the time of the next royal wedding, the first since that of Prince Charles and Camilla in 2005, it will be 30 years since the most eagerly anticipated royal wedding in recent memory, that of Charles and Princess Diana.
The perception of the royal family has changed somewhat since then, and it will be interesting to see if this royal couple are given the same reaction from the British public