After weeks of speculation, Prince William, second in line to the UK throne has announced his engagement to Kate Middleton. The wedding, it is said, will take place in the spring or summer of 2011 in London.
Both William and Miss Middleton are 28 and it has been reported that they became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.
Since meeting as students at the University of St Andrews in Fife in Scotland, the couple have been firm friends. The University, situated in the town of St Andrews was an ideal place for the young students to get to know each other. This too was when William Wales as he was known at university started to show interest in Kate Middleton and Miss Middleton first caught the public eye.
Catherine Elizabeth Kate Middleton was born on 9 January 1982, the elder daughter of Michael Middleton. She spent a comfortable childhood in rural Berkshire. She attended a local school, St Andrew’s until she was 13 where although undistinguished
academically, she shone on the sports field. She then went on to attend the public school Marlborough College.
In 2001, during a gap year Kate Middleton attended a project in Chile just a month after her now to be husband was there. She then became a student of St Andrews University in Scotland. There she shared the same “history of art” course as Prince William although he later switched to geography.
Friendship blossomed into romance, witnessed by their fellow students, as the Prince and Miss Middleton spent a lot of time together. For a while they shared a flat before going on to live in a remote farmhouse. Temporarily in 2007, the couple split up and at this time, Prince William reportedly said that ‘all the fun had gone out of the relationship.’ After this brief time apart they have been together ever since and Kate Middleton has recently attended several official royal events, sparking speculation of an imminent engagement.
Now officially in the “royal fold”, Kate Middleton will receive the help and protection of the royal family. Title wise she will become HRH and it is thought that the Queen might give the couple another title such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. If Kate Middleton follows royal tradition, her wedding ring is likely to be cut from a nugget of welsh gold, a custom started by the Queen Mother in 1923.