It’s official: William to wed Kate next yr

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LONDON: Prince William of Britain is to marry Kate Middleton, his attractive sweetheart. Notably, she’s without the remotest royal background.

The wedding will take place next year exactly 30 years after his parents’ high profile, globally televised ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral. Grand-mother, the UK’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was reported to be absolutely delighted. The nuptials could be one of the biggest events in the British calendar for decades.

The engagement was announced by Clarence House, the London residence of William’s father Charles. It said: “The prince of Wales (Charles’ official title) is delighted to announce the engagement of prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.”

William is said to have popped the question during a holiday with Kate in Kenya last month. “Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father,” Clarence House added.

The groom-to-be serves with the British air force. “He’ll have to do his statutory royal duty, his royal bit, but he will be very much a working helicopter pilot with RAF search and rescue for the next three years,” Dickie Arbiter, Elizabeth’s former press secretary, told BBC, and that Kate will become a service wife.

“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,” said the Clarence House statement.

British PM David Cameron remarked, “This is incredibly exciting news; it’ll be (the wedding day) a great day of national celebration.” He said he was given the news during a cabinet meeting. “There was great cheer and a banging of the table,” he said.

His parents’ tempestuous relationship made for an unsettling upbringing for William. A commentator felt the marriage would give William the warm, cosy, family life he wanted.

Kate’s mother, Carol, is a builders’ daughter from Southall, a predominantly Indian area, who was a British Airways airhostess when she met her husband. They proceeded to establish a successful business. Beginning with a photo-op on Tuesday, Kate’s life here onwards will never be the same, much like her late mother-in-law, who was catapulted from relative obscurity to international stardom, not to mention the constant attention of the paparazzi.

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