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It's official: Prince William is engaged to Kate Middleton!

The groom's family announced the long-awaited engagement and upcoming wedding today.

The world's most eligible bachelor proposed to his girlfriend of eight years during a safari in Kenya in October.

According to the official statement, "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 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."

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are absolutely delighted for them both."

Before the Official Announcement the Prince of Wales Tweeted his Son's Engagement News

The couple has been (officially) together for eight years, though they broke up for a short time in 2007. They met while they were both students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2001. The couple roomed in the same dorm and in 2002 moved off campus to a private house with two friends.

At a fashion show in 2001 the future king of England was overheard telling a friend that he thought Kate was "hot" when she modeled a see-through dress with black lingerie underneath.

Many of the couple's wedding plans are still unknown, but it is expected that Prince Harry, Prince William's younger brother, will act as best man and the details of the wedding will be organized by Clarence House, which oversees Prince Charles' and his sons' affairs.

Leave a comment and wish the newly engaged couple well!

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  • William F Frizell

    Congratulations to the couple. My family and I were in Canada on vacation when Prince William's parents got married in 1991. I listened to the wedding on a radio in the middle of the night at a campground in British Columbia, Canada. My wife and I and her brother and his wife will be on vacation in May-June 2011 and are excited to be going with all the festivities that will be going on.
    Once again Congratulations to the Happy Couple.

  • Betty J Walters

    I watched every second of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding on United States television.

    It is wonderful and very generous of Prince Charles to give his mothers engagement ring to Kate. I hope they will be very happy,

  • Una Petioni

    I am formally from Trinidad and was brought up under the British Rule. I love th Royal Family and I adore them. I ordered a ring that was advertised.

    I wish both Kate and William all the Good Luck in the world and what God has joined together let No man put asunder.

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