Prince William of Britain is all set to marry his long-term girlfriend, Kate Middleton, next year according to an announcement by the Buckingham Palace.
The announcement put an end to months of media speculations about plans to the couple to wed.
William, 28, the elder son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, and Middleton, 28, daughter of self-made entrepreneurs, became engaged while on holiday in Kenya last month.
“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton,” Charles’s office said in a statement.
“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.”
The statement said William had informed Queen Elizabeth and also sought the permission of Middleton’s father.
The Queen and William’s grandfather, Prince Philip, said they were delighted at the news, while a cabinet meeting held by Prime Minister David Cameron was interrupted by a call from Buckingham Palace with the announcement.
“The prime minister is delighted to hear the news and has passed on his best wishes to the happy couple,” Cameron’s spokesman said.
William met Middleton when they shared a house at university in Scotland in 2001.