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Royal Engagment

By: Courtney Harrington

While away on vacation in Africa, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton after dating for eight years. Photo courtesy of Google images

            After eight years of dating, Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton are engaged. The two met while attending the University of St. Andrews back in 2001. Middleton is the daughter of Carole and Michael Middleton, who are both wealthy entrepreneurs. While on the other hand, Price William’s father, Prince Charles, is next in line for the throne, making Prince William second in line for King. The couple knew each other for a little over two years before they became “official.”

            With dating a Prince came media harassment. Middleton was first revealed to the media in 2004 during a ski trip the two were on in Klosters. Since then, the media has kept a close eye on her everyday life. The media made Middleton feel very uncomfortable. She confronted her lawyer in 2005 with complaints of such harassments. She was soon provided with personal security, which led people to believe that an engagement was soon to follow. The couple ended up splitting when Prince William went into the army. However, it was not long before the two “love birds” were back together.

            When Middleton and Prince William returned from a vacation in Kenya, they had some huge news. Prince William proposed to Middleton with his mother’s engagement ring while away on the trip. The ring was said to be very special to him and felt very privileged to be able to give it to Middleton. “He’s a true romantic and we had a wonderful holiday in Africa and it was out there in a very quiet lodge and it was very romantic and it was very personal time for both of us,” Middleton proclaimed. While the public were set on the couple getting engaged for marriage, the proposal was a complete surprise for Middleton. She said she never would have expected it because they were in Africa with friends. The couple’s first appearance after the big announcement was arm-in-arm for all the photographers to see.  

            The engaged couple has chosen to have their wedding during the spring or summer of 2011. There are little details thus far about the magical event. The couple has only been engaged for a few weeks. However, the date in itself is filled with symbolism. Prince William wants to have his wedding during the year of his parent’s 30th wedding anniversary. Prince William told reporters, “Well as you may recognize now, it’s my mother’s engagement ring and it’s very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well. It was only right the two were put together. It was my way of making sure mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

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