Prince William, heir to the throne of England, is engaged to Kate Middleton. They have tentatively set the date for next Spring or Summer. William is the oldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. It is reported that William has already informed the queen and other members of his family of his upcoming nuptials. Prince Harry, is reportedly very happy that his brother has asked Kate to marry him. Oddly, his wedding will take place 30 years after his father’s wedding to Lady Diana. The royal engagement ring has yet to be seen by their adoring public but Yahoo News reports that Prince William gave Kate his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Prince William and Kate have been on and off again many times since they started dating in their college years. This has left royal watchers wondering. Speculation was that Kate couldn’t handle the glare of the public eye but it seems now she has accepted and become comfortable in this role. Though Kate has described her becoming Queen of England as “a daunting prospect”, she has adjusted to being in the public eye.
The news of their engagement has been received with joy by all. Queen Elizabeth I and her husband Prince Philip were “absolutely delighted”, and William’s father, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, said it was the “most brilliant news”. Kate’s parents gladly welcome Prince William into their family. And of course Prince Harry is finally getting the sister he has always wanted. Even the Prime Minister said the cabinet received the news with great joy!!
Since Kate will be 28 when she marries there aren’t the same concerns for maturity as there was circulating following Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles. She has been in the spotlight for some time now. In college she modeled a “risky” outfit that won here the attention of Prince William. They started dating the next year.
William and Kate have dated for seven years. Speculation has surrounded the couple. In the tabloids Kate was referred to as, “Waitie Katie” and many expected her to move on. There were reports in 2007 of the couple breaking up. Since Prince William’s military service kept them apart the media was unable to confirm a break up. The couple, however, never denied the break up but instead remained silent. Soon after that the couple was seen out and about together again.
Kate is the daughter of self made millionaires. Her parents have a mail order business that caters to children’s parties. Kate now works for the family business.
After their marriage it is expected the couple will live in Wales where Prince William is stationed.
Some are not excited about the upcoming wedding stating that an extravaganza during such economic times in inappropriate and should be paid for by the families. Others however, see the upcoming nuptials as something positive in such times. There are always going to be critics when it comes to these types of affairs but by and large the world will be celebrating another royal wedding.
Associated Press, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101116/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_royal_wedding, Yahoo! News