Prince William and Kate Middleton Engaged

There have been Prince William and Kate Middleton engagement rumors for quite some time, but it is now official! The proposal took place when the couple was on vacation in Kenya, Africa in October, and was described as “very romantic” by bride-to-be Kate.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton. 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,” an official statement released on Tuesday said.

William gave his fiancée Kate the engagement ring that his late mother Princess Diana wore.

“It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together,” William said during the announcement of their engagement today.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: A close up of Kate Middleton's engagment ring as she and Prince William pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The couple has been dating for eight years, leaving many to wonder what took William so long to pop the question.

“The timing is right now. We’re both very happy, and I’m very glad that I have done it,” William said.

No official wedding date has been announced, but earlier speculations pointed to August 2011.

Click here to view a Prince William and Kate Middleton timeline of photos.

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