Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Prince William's fiancée Kate Middleton said she was daunted but happy to be marrying into Britain's royal family next year after he proposed, offering her his late mother Diana's engagement ring.
The couple will marry in London next year in what will be Britain's biggest royal wedding since his parents Prince Charles and the then Lady Diana Spencer married at St Paul's Cathedral in July 1981.
William said giving Kate the ring "was my way of making sure that my 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."
William's brother Prince Harry said in a statement he was "delighted that my brother has popped the question. It means I get a sister, which I have always wanted."
Kate's father was an airline steward and later became a flight dispatcher while her mother was an air stewardess before moving into the children's party business.
Messages of congratulation began to arrive from other parts of the Commonwealth.
"On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to congratulate His Royal Highness Prince William," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.
"It would be an honour to welcome Prince William and his bride to Canada in the future."
Governor-General Quentin Bryce, the queen's representative in Australia, said the news had "warmed our nation’s heart".
And message from the office of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he was "delighted."
"The prime minister says Prince William is a fine young man who made a great impression when he visited New Zealand in January," a spokesman said.
It must be an amazing journey for the couple. After being together, break-ups, and coming back together again... Well, What can I say? She is just as humble as her soon to be husband.
To the rest of us who are not from a Royal family... Well, lets just hope that who ever we fall in love with will be the Prince or Princess of our heart. Who knows, maybe Kate once had a dream of a prince.