Britain’s press have been sent into a frenzy of excitement over the announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Catherine Middleton—putting to end months of speculation on the will they, won’t they debate.
The Prince proposed on a holiday to Kenya last month and offered Catherine his mum’s £28,000 engagement—which he had been carrying in his rucksack, while waiting for the right moment.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper, the future King of England said: “I had been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go, everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared I would be in a lot of trouble and because I’d planned it, it went fine.”
Kate giggled that the moment “was very romantic.”
The beautiful ring consists of 14 diamonds surrounding a sapphire, which Princess Diana picked out personally,
William said: “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, so of course it’s very special to me. As Kate is very special to me now as well, it’s only right the two were put together.
“It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement and the fact we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
Surprisingly, and embracing modern media more than we might have expected, the engagement was announced on the British Monarchy’s new facebook page with a post that read ‘The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.
Prince William has informed the queen and other close members of his family and also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father. Kate will become one in a long line of commoners to marry into the Royal Family.
The announcement came after speculation reached fever pitch following a visit by Kate’s parents to the Queen’s Scottish estate last month.
Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the couple in a speech he made outside No. 10 Downing Street. No doubt this announcement is just the kind of positive news that his party needs to help lift the country out of the economic gloom and despair that has dominated the headlines over the last few weeks.
The couple plan to marry next spring or summer and the venue is yet to be announced.
But for now Britain’s headlines are full of happiness and good news. Stay tuned to facebook for further updates.