Royal wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton to marry next year

Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged and will tie the knot next year, it was announced today, finally ending years of speculation about the couple’s future together.

According to a statement from Prince Charles’ Clarence House office, William popped the romantic question while holidaying with his longtime girlfriend in Kenya in October.

The couple, both 28, met at St Andrews University University in 2001, although it wasn’t until 2004 when they were pictured on a skiing trip in Klosters that their relationship was exposed.

An item for eight years, Kate has had to put up with being dubbed ‘Waity Katie’ for her patience as she waited for the heir to the British throne to propose, but now the long wait is finally over, with the wedding –  the biggest royal event since Prince Charles and Diana’s fairytale wedding almost three decades ago – set to take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011 in London.

In a statement Clarence House said: “Following the marriage, the couple will live in North Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.”

Will it be an “and they all lived happily after” ending for this royal couple?

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