The dapper Prince William and his lovely bride-to-be Kate Middleton have made it official – they are engaged and will marry in 2011. This official engagement announcement comes just weeks after Prince William proposed to Ms. Middleton and quells any doubts about the long-time couple’s intentions to make a life together.
Details of the actual wedding may be sparse at the moment, but two important questions have been answered. Yes, the proposal was quite romantic; and yes, Kate’s engagement ring is the very same stunning 18-carat sapphire ring that was given to Princess Diana upon her engagement to Prince Charles.
A year ago, another famous young couple (from across the pond) became engaged, and, much like this royal announcement, that engagement received plenty of press that continued right through to the day of their wedding.
The other celebrity couple?
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, of course.
The former first daughter announced her engagement to Marc Mezvinsky in November 2009, and the couple was married in July, 2010.
How do the two celebrity couples compare?
Both couples had been together for many years before becoming engaged – Prince William and Kate Middleton for eight, Chelsea and Marc for four.
Prince William is the son of a future king (Prince Charles) and the beautiful but greatly missed Princess Diana.
Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, who just happens to be married to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Kate Middleton is considered a commoner in England. However, her family is anything but common, having built a successful Internet party supply business and earning millions.
Marc Mezvinsky’s parents are no strangers to enjoying the good life either. However, their riches story may not have a fairy-tale ending — only time will tell.
Many of the details surrounding Chelsea and Marc’s wedding were kept secret. Though there was much speculation about the famous couple’s nuptials, little information was available to the public until after the wedding celebration was well under way.
The wedding rumors have already begun for Kate Middleton and her Prince; they too may choose to keep details at a minimum during the planning stages of their upcoming ceremony.
The bottom line?
Two famous couples: together for years, with famous parents, and a need for some privacy – wish to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.
Chelsea and Marc are doing so, quietly it would seem — and good for them.
Prince William and Kate Middleton may just have to endure a bit more media frenzy in the days leading from their engagement to the royal wedding, but I suspect the lovely royal couple is up for the challenge.
Perhaps Chelsea and Marc could offer a bit of advice about secret wedding planning to the newly engaged couple. The wedding is going to be spectacular, as all royal weddings are. But with the whole world watching, half the fun may just be keeping us all in suspense until the big day.
Only time will tell, and this is one excited observer who will be watching (once more) as a tall, beautiful, capable girl floats down the aisle to her prince.
Congratulations to Marc and Chelsea Mezvinsky for celebrating your wedding your way.
Best wishes to the newly engaged Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton. May you enjoy every moment of planning your dream wedding your way.
And may you all enjoy a life filled with happiness, peace, and love. Your future together depends upon it, and you deserve the very best that life has to offer.
Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Secrets Revealed – Good Morning America
Ministry of Gossip – Los Angeles Times
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Love Story – ABC News
Prince William: The time was just right – Yahoo! News