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Last Updated: Tuesday November 16 2010 20:01 GMT

Royal Wedding: Prince William to marry Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton with her future husband, Prince William

Prince William engaged to Kate Middleton

Congratulations to Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton - they're getting married next year!

The Royal wedding will take place during spring or summer 2011 in London, after the couple got engaged while on holiday in the African country Kenya.

Prince William gave Kate his mother's engagement ring, because he said both women were very special to him and it was a way of bringing them together.

Kate said she's happy but slightly daunted about joining the Royal family.

Prince William and Kate Middleton talking about their engagement

Watch the Royal couple talking about their engagement

Prince William is second in line to the throne.

The couple met at St Andrews university in Scotland, nine years ago.

The prince asked Kate's dad for permission to marry his daughter and the Queen has also given the couple her blessing, saying she's "absolutely delighted" for the pair.

After the couple are married, they will live in north Wales while the prince continues working as a helicopter pilot with RAF search and rescue for the next three years.

Couple's history

The engagement ring Prince William has given Kate Middleton. It was his mother's engagement ring from Prince Charles.
Prince William has given Kate Middleton his mother's engagement ring

Prince William and Kate Middleton met while studying on the same history of art course at St Andrews in 2001, although William later switched to study geography.

For several years, they shared accommodation with friends and Kate has been credited with persuading the prince to stay on as he struggled to adjust to university life during his first year.

After dating for several years, the pair split up for a couple of months in 2007, but soon got back together leading to countless rumours about their possible engagement. until Tuesday's official announcement.