William Kate Dated Eight Years
March 24, 2012 by staff
William Kate Dated Eight Years, 16th November 2010: Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged and will marry next year, Clarence House announced today.
William, 28, proposed during a holiday in Kenya last month after asking Kate’s father for his daughter’s hand following a marathon eight-year courtship.
Kate, also 28, had been dubbed ‘Waity Katy’ amid criticism she was hanging on for a proposal and did not have a proper job but now her wait is finally over.
The couple will appear in public later today, when the Princess-in-waiting is expected to show off her engagement ring. Their first ever interview will be broadcast tonight.
David Cameron said William is ‘extremely excited’ and ‘thrilled’ as he appeared outside No10 to welcome the news this lunchtime.
Their royal wedding will be the biggest event since Prince Charles and Diana got married in 1981.
It is hoped the ceremony will give a huge boost to the nation and the economy as crippling public sector spending cuts hit home.
TIMELINE TO THE ROYAL ROMANCE
SEPTEMBER 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St Andrews University
MARCH 2002: William pays £200 to watch Kate modelling a sheer black lace dress in a fashion show
CHRISTMAS 2003: Rumours abound that the pair have started dating
MARCH 2004: The romance is exposed after they are pictured on the ski slopes of Klosters together
JULY 2005: The pair enjoy a romantic holiday at the Lewa Downs game reserve in Kenya
JANUARY 2006: William is photographed kissing Kate in public for the first time during a skiing break in Klosters
DECEMBER 2006: Kate makes her most significant appearance to date as she turns up to watch William graduate as an Army officer at Sandhurst
APRIL 2007: William and Kate are confirmed to have split but they secretly reunite within weeks
OCTOBER 2007: The couple are pictured back together for the first time
APRIL 2008: Kate is at William’s graduation ceremony from the RAF, suggesting the couple’s relationship is now permanent and has the approval of senior royals
JANUARY 2010: Kate watches as William graduates on an advanced helicopter training course and receives his flying badge from the Prince of Wales
FEBRUARY 2010: William says ‘You’ll have to wait a while yet’ when asked about the prospect of a wedding
OCTOBER 2010: The couple are pictured in public together at a friend’s wedding, sending speculation of an engagement to fever pitch
NOVEMBER 16: The couple’s engagement is announced by Clarence House.
Bookies have made August 13th the early favourite for the wedding date and it is likely to take place at Westminster Abbey.
It is claimed personnel at the Abbey have already been contacted about a royal wedding in the second week of August, although St Paul’s and Windsor Castle are other potential venues.
The Queen and the Queen Mother were both married in the Abbey but it also carries painful memories of William’s mother’s funeral in 1997.
Charles and Diana’s fairytale ceremony was at St Paul’s which has also been the recent location for major royal celebrations such as the Queen’s 80th birthday.
In a full statement, Clarence House said: ‘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.’
The engagement was also officially announced simultaneously on Facebook and Twitter, coming days after the Queen signed up to the social networking site.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are absolutely delighted for them both.’
Prince Charles, in Dorset, said he was ‘thrilled’ and joked that the couple had been ‘practicing long enough’.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, on her way into a central London theatre this afternoon, said: ‘It’s brilliant, isn’t it? It’s absolutely wonderful.’
Michael and Carole Middleton appeared outside their home in Berkshire shortly before 4pm to speak about their daughter’s relationship in public for the very first time.
Mr Middleton said: ‘Carole and I are absolutely delighted by today’s announcement and thrilled at the prospect of a wedding some time next year.
‘As you know Catherine and Prince William have been going out together for quite a number of years which has been great for us because we have got to know William very well.
‘We all think he is wonderful and we are extremely fond of him. They make a lovely couple, they are great fun to be with, and we’ve had a lot of laughs together. We wish them every happiness for the future.’
Earl Spencer, William’s uncle and the brother of Diana, said: ‘It’s wonderful news. Very exciting. My family are all thrilled for them both.’
Mr Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband also said they were ‘delighted’ for the couple.
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