Queen 'absolutely delighted' at royal engagement

The Queen is "absolutely delighted" at the news of Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement, Buckingham Palace said today.

After months of speculation, the couple finally announced they will marry in London in spring or summer next year.



William and Miss Middleton, both 28, became engaged while on holiday in Kenya last month.



A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are absolutely delighted for them both."









After the wedding the couple will live in north Wales, where the Prince is serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said: "He is delighted with the good news. He sends the couple his very best."



Clarence House said in a statement: "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.



"Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya.



"Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton's father.



"Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force."



A spokeswoman for Mr Cameron said: "He is delighted with the good news. He sends the couple his very best."



Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam also sent their best wishes.



"I am thrilled to hear the fantastic news of Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement," Mr Clegg said.



"Miriam and I would like to send our very best wishes to the happy couple ahead of their big day."



And Labour leader Ed Miliband added: "I'm delighted for Prince William and Kate Middleton and send them my very best for their wedding.



"The whole country will be wishing them every happiness."



Miss Middleton, who comes from a wealthy middle class background, was born a commoner but is now in line to become Queen one day.



She met William at St Andrews University in 2001 while they were studying history of art.



Miss Middleton was credited with persuading the Prince to continue his studies when he considered quitting as he struggled to adjust to university life during his first year.



They moved into a shared house with two other friends in 2002 and reportedly became a couple around Christmas 2003.















The couple briefly split up in April 2007, reportedly because of the strain caused by William's military career, but they were secretly back together within weeks.

Miss Middleton's millionaire parents Michael and Carole, who is a former air hostess, run a mail-order business called Party Pieces which sells toys and party paraphernalia.



She was privately educated at the £15,000-a-year Marlborough College, where she was a keen netball and hockey player, and has two younger siblings, Pippa and James.

















Miss Middleton was dubbed "Waity Katey" for her patience as she waited for the Prince to pop the question.

William is currently based at RAF Valley on Anglesey in north Wales, where he flies Sea King Mk3 search and rescue helicopters.













Mr Cameron, who phoned William to offer his congratulations, said the Prince was "extremely excited" and "thrilled" about his engagement.

Revealing that he slept on the Mall on the night of the wedding of William's parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, the Prime Minister predicted that next year's Royal wedding would unite Britain.



"I'm sure lots of people will want to celebrate in lots of different ways," he said.









Earl Spencer, William's uncle and the brother of Diana said in a statement: "It's wonderful news. Very exciting. My family are all thrilled for them both."













William visited Afghanistan at the weekend to mark Remembrance Sunday with serving British troops.















Dozens of journalists, photographers and camera crews were outside Miss Middleton's family home on the edge of Bucklebury, Berkshire.

Police officers were on duty at the top of the private lane that leads to the Middletons' home.











Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Assistant / Human Resources Assistant

£Neg + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: An HR Assistant / Human Resources Ass...

Talent Community Coordinator

£Neg + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A Talent Community Coordinator is nee...

Business Support - Banking - Halifax - £250 pd

£150 - £250 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - HR - Halifax - £150 - £250...

Geography Teacher

£24000 - £33600 per annum + pre 12 week AWR : Randstad Education Manchester Se...

Day In a Page

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game