Prince William and Kate Middleton Announce Their Engagement

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prince William has finally popped the question to girlfriend Kate Middleton. As The Associated Press reports, it's a long-awaited announcement in the UK: William is the second-in-line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles.

During a television appearance on BBC News on Tuesday, William said he had been thinking about asking Middleton to marry him for awhile, and found the right moment to do so during a recent trip to Kenya. The BBC reports that the two met in college in 2001, and have been dating for several years.

During the BBC interview, William said he gave Middleton an oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring worn by his mother, the late Princess Diana. "This is my way of keeping her sort of close to it all," he said. Middleton said the proposal was "a total shock," and that she's excited for their upcoming wedding. The AP reports that the ceremony will take place sometime this spring or summer.

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