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Prince William and Kate Middleton Announce Their Engagement and will marry next year!

Prince William Gives Kate Middleton His Mother Diana's 18-Carat Sapphire—See Photos of Her Ring!

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 28 years old, announced today that they plan to marry next year! The couple, who apparently became engaged during a vacation in Kenya last month, stepped out this morning for an official photo session in the State Rooms of London's St. James's Palace. Kate picked a blue Issa dress to match her massive new ring, which was Princess Diana's engagement ring from Prince Charles! The piece of jewellery has an enormous 18-carat sapphire in the middle and is surrounded by diamonds. William said using that ring was of particular importance due to its heritage. He said today, "It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together." Both William's family, the Windsors, and the Middleton clan are excited at the now public news. Kate's father, Michael, made a statement today, saying, "I would just like to say that Carole [Kate's mom] and I are absolutely delighted by today's announcement and thrilled by the prospect of a wedding sometime next year. As you know Catherine and Prince William have been going out for quite a number of years, which is great for us because we have got to know William very well. We think he's wonderful and we're extremely fond of him."


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missy1632 missy1632 5 years
Oh I think the sentiment of the ring is truly romantic and if it helps Wills feel his Mothers' presence on their big day, then I think that's beautiful!
shalee55 shalee55 5 years
Sorry, don't agree...hope they will be blissfully happy....but that ring is plain bad luck...creepy actually.
missmegs825 missmegs825 5 years
Aww I love them! Congratulations Will & Kate!
shannon_xo shannon_xo 5 years
love it!! so excited about this!!
justlookaround justlookaround 5 years
oh no, lol when i was a teenager i used to dream marring him lol
chocolate79 chocolate79 5 years
very very royal.. Princess Di will be proud.. =)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 5 years
They look very "royal" - :) So happy for them!
kty kty 5 years
Congrats to the Happy Couple...what Will said about the ring just made my heart melt...
socialitebabe socialitebabe 5 years
Oh well, there's still Harry. He's starting to look cuter than William.
Ladyseven Ladyseven 5 years
Yay! What a gorgeous ring, too; Diana would be so pleased! Congratulations, Will and Kate (and ABOUT TIME, too! lol ;) )
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
Such good-looking couple and oh man, I melt over what he said about his mom in re: of the engagement ring. Congrats to these two.
Raychell Raychell 5 years
Gorgeous couple!
mslewis mslewis 5 years
I'm very happy for both of them and I just know their marriage will be much happier than Will's parents' marriage!! It was right for them to wait until THEY were sure they wanted to be together forever and not allow the media to pressure them into getting engaged before they were ready. Congrats to them and I'm looking forward to the wedding!!
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
Awww, those are the sweetest quotes ever!
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
She looks so pretty I cannot take it!!!!!! :) :)
Allie-Merriam Allie-Merriam 5 years
I am so happy about this I had to comment on a post I wrote!! LOVE THIS!!
Kimberly-Timlick Kimberly-Timlick 5 years
The quotes from William melt my heart!! This is so so exciting!
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