Prince William, part of Britain’s esteemed royal family and second in line for the thrown, recently announced his engagement to his long time girlfriend Kate Middleton. The public announcement of the engagement was made on November 16, 2010 but it was revealed that Prince William had popped the question a few weeks prior during the couple’s recent vacation in Kenya, Africa. Although the exact date of the wedding remains unknown, the ceremony is expected to take place sometime in the spring or summer of 2011.
Kate, originally of Berkshire, England is now sporting a glamorous engagement ring that consists of a large perfectly shaped oval sapphire in a setting of beautifully faceted diamonds. The ring originally belonged to his mother, Princess Diana and was the same ring she received on the day she married William’s father, Prince Charles. As William, the oldest of Princess Diana’s children gets married it is his sentiment that the passing down of his mother’s ring is his way of “keeping her close to it all” he revealed during a recent interview with BBC.
The King and now Queen in Waiting, originally met while both were attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The couple started off as friends and later became more serious during the course of their educational careers. There was some slight scandal and negative press surrounding Kate’s upbringing because many people thought that “Middle-Class Middleton”, as the British media began to call her, was an unacceptable option for possible future Queen. This way of thinking has slowly died away and as Kate makes her entrance into royalty there are hopes that she will follow in Princess Diana’s footsteps and possibly become the humble humanitarian that William’s mother was once.
The wedding, which is expected to be one of the most important weddings of the new year, is causing the world to wait with baited breath in hopes that this union will be the re-birth of the British royal family and a chance at future redemption from the scandals and issues of the last three decades. From the Diana-Charles-Camille love triangle and Diana’s untimely death to the Fergie debacle involving Prince Charles’ brother Andrew, the family has faced a lot of backlash which may possibly soon change for the better. The young couple seems to have the support of their country behind them as Britain waits to see if this union will be the beginning of a new era.