Prince William engagement news has been anticipated for years. But now that the Prince William engagement is official, the next royal wedding is on the horizon. Kate Middleton will soon become the newest Princess of Britain, eight years after she met her Prince. Of course, their royal wedding will have to be quite extravagant to top those in the past, as Charles’ two weddings set the recent bar. Nevertheless, William and Middleton’s engagement has started the clock on their royal wedding at last.
According to officials, the Prince proposed to Middleton last month in Kenya. Although the royal family inspires countless rounds of gossip, they were able to keep a lid on this secret until this morning.
With the engagement public news, anticipation now begins for the royal wedding. Buckingham Palace alleges that the ceremony will take place in the spring or summer of next year. When that happens, the entire nation, if not the world, will be watching.
Prince Charles has set the standard for weddings twice, both in his nuptials to Princess Diana and Princess Camilla. But as is the case with most royal family stories, a share of turmoil and drama is being alleged.
According to Newsweek editor and “royal expert” Tina Brown, the aftermath of Prince William’s engagement had a lot of arguing over the royal wedding. In fact, she told ABC News that the Prince called it all off at one point, but peace was made before today’s announcement.
Brown stated that the family couldn’t agree on how the announcement would be made until Prince Charles made it through officials. Since the wedding is months away, there’s still plenty of time for more disagreements and fights over it. If that does happen, the British tabloids will be the first to blow it out of proportion, as is their custom.
Assuming things go smoothly, the news can be celebrated as a historic moment for the royal family. Middleton is not from royalty, just like William’s mother wasn’t before she married Charles. Now Middleton is the newest outsider to join Britain’s royals – and the latest to have the shadow of Diana over her.
Even if this isn’t as big as the Charles-Diana union – and even if a royal wedding in general isn’t gigantic anymore – it will still be a major world event when it happens. At the least, Britain will turn it into a national holiday, since the country has waited eight years for William and Middleton’s big day.
ABC News- “Prince William, Kate Middleton to Wed”
NPR- “Prince William Is Engaged, Do Royal Weddings Still Matter?”