Prince William is to marry Kate Middleton next year, Clarence House announced today.
“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton,” the statement said.
The Queen has said she is delighted at the engagement.
The couple, who are both 28, became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.
They began dating eight years ago while studying at St Andrews University in Fife, where they shared a house.
The couple are planning to live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.
Clarence House Statement
“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.
“The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
“Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.
“Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.
“Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton began the same history of art course at St Andrews in 2001, although the Prince later switched to geography. For several years, they shared accommodation with friends.
They graduated in the same ceremony from St Andrews in 2005 and their families joined them for a celebratory lunch.
The couple’s relationship was exposed in 2005 when they were photographed together on the Swiss ski slopes of Klosters.
They split briefly in 2007, but more recently Miss Middleton – who has no royal or aristocratic family connections – has been to several official events, heightening speculation of an engagement.