It's the royal engagement heard around the world! Prince William finally asked his girlfriend of eight years, Kate Middleton, for her hand in marriage.
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The engagement was announced in a statement today:
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.
The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton's father.
Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.
William (or Wills as they call him!) honored his mother, the late Princess Diana, by giving Kate Diana's blue sapphire and diamond-encrusted engagement ring.
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