16 November 2010 Last updated at 12:17 ET
Royal wedding: Prince William to marry Kate Middleton
Prince William is to marry long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, Clarence House has announced.
William, second in line to the throne, will marry in London next spring or summer and live in north Wales, where he is serving with the RAF.
“We are both very, very happy,” the prince said. He had proposed on holiday in Kenya in October, giving his fiancee his mother’s engagement ring.
Miss Middleton said joining the Royal Family was a “daunting prospect”.
“Hopefully I’ll take it in my stride,” she added.
The couple, both 28, met at St Andrews University, Fife.
William said using Diana’s ring was “my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement”.
Prince Charles said he was “thrilled, obviously” about the engagement, joking: “They’ve been practising long enough.”
Kate Middleton’s parents Michael and Carole said they were “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the news.
William has given Kate his mother’s sapphire and diamond ring
Her father said: “We have got to know William really well, we all think he is wonderful and we are extremely fond of him.
“They make a lovely couple, are great fun to be with and we’ve had a lot of laughs together. We wish them every happiness for the future.”
The royal engagement was announced in a brief statement released by Clarence House.
It said: “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.
Peter Hunt Royal Correspondent
We have become slightly cynical, perhaps, slightly sceptical. We all lived through the fairytale royal weddings of the 1980s and we know where they ended up.
But I know many people who are actively thinking about where they will place their picnic tables and chair once they have a date. These are occasions that people do delight in, in this country.
I don’t think William of all people wants to do a rerun of his parents’ ill-fated marriage and for that reason I think the wedding is unlikely to be in St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Guards Chapel, which was the setting for the 10th anniversary memorial service for his late mother, I suspect, may be too small, given that we are talking about the marriage of a future king.
That’s why inevitably, I suspect, the wedding will be at Westminster Abbey where, of course, his grandmother the Queen married in 1947.
“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.”
The Queen said she was “absolutely delighted” for both Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the engagement marked “a great day for our country” and wished the couple a long and happy life together.
He said he had received the news in a call from Buckingham Palace during a cabinet meeting, and it was greeted with “a great cheer” and “banging of the table” from fellow ministers.
He had slept overnight on the Mall ahead of Diana and Charles’ wedding, he added.
Leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband said “the whole country will be wishing them every happiness”.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said William and Kate’s romance was “a match made in St Andrews” and everyone in Scotland would join him in wishing them well.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones offered his congratulations, saying: “I’m very pleased to hear that they plan to begin their married life in north Wales.”
The Countess of Wessex said the royal family was “absolutely thrilled and we all wish them all the luck and love in the world”.
James Whittaker, who has reported on the Royal Family since the 1960s, said life as a princess will be “very very demanding”.
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, told the BBC: “She’ll become a service wife.
David Cameron said Prince William was ”extremely excited”
“He’ll have to do his statutory royal duty, his royal bit, but he will be very much a working helicopter pilot with RAF search and rescue for the next three years, and Kate will have to get used to living in North Wales, although I think she’s pretty much used to it at the moment.”
Meanwhile royal commentator Margaret Holder said she thought the marriage would give Prince William the warm, cosy, family life he wanted.
“What he’s finding with the Middleton family is what he didn’t have as a child and I think that’s very good for him.
“I think this is going to be a very, very good and successful marriage. And I think this will take the monarchy through well into the 21st Century. I think Kate is very modern, she’s very relevant.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton both started out on the same history of art course at St Andrews in 2001, although William later switched to geography. For several years, they shared accommodation with friends.
Miss Middleton, who is six months older than William, was credited with persuading the prince to stay on as he struggled to adjust to university life during his first year.
Prince Charles told reporters he was ”thrilled” about news of the royal wedding
They graduated in the same ceremony from St Andrews in 2005 and their families joined them for a celebratory lunch.
The couple’s relationship was exposed in 2005 when they were photographed together on the Swiss ski slopes of Klosters.
They split briefly in 2007, but more recently Miss Middleton – who has no royal or aristocratic family connections – has been to several official events, heightening speculation of an engagement.
Miss Middleton is the eldest child of businessman Michael Middleton and former air hostess Carol.
She was raised in a modern five-bedroom detached house in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury and her family, who are self-made millionaires, run a mail order toy and party goods company.
The couple will marry in the year which would have marked the 30th anniversary of Prince William’s parents’ wedding.
The first interview with the couple will be aired on BBC News at 1900GMT. William and Kate – A Royal Engagement will be broadcast on BBC Two on Tuesday night at 1930 GMT.
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, KG, FRS (born 21 June 1982), is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of 16 independent states, although he is resident in, and most directly involved with, the United Kingdom, the oldest of these realms.
Following his education at numerous schools around the United Kingdom, obtaining a degree from the University of St Andrews, and spending parts of a gap year in Chile, Belize, and countries in Africa, William enrolled in the military. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry – serving with his brother Prince Harry and, two years later, earned his wings by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell. In 2009, the Prince transferred to the Royal Air Force, was promoted to flight lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training with the aim of becoming a full time pilot with the Search and Rescue Force. As of Autumn 2010, he has completed his generic and special to type helicopter training and is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. On 16 November 2010, Clarence House, his home near Buckingham Palace, announced that in 2011 he would marry long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton.
Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton (born 9 January 1982) is the fiancée of Prince William of Wales. Since their relationship began, Middleton has received widespread media attention and there has been constant speculation that they would eventually marry. On 16 November 2010, the office of the Prince of Wales, at Clarence House, announced to the media that Middleton and Prince William intend to marry in 2011.
Middleton grew up in Berkshire and after attending Marlborough College, went to the University of St Andrews. She met Prince William, also studying there, in 2001. They soon started a relationship, media attention quickly followed, and in 2005 her lawyer complained of harassment. In April 2007, the press reported that William and Middleton had split up. They continued to be friends, and later in 2007 they reunited. Since then, Middleton has attended many high-profile royal events. She has been admired for her fashion sense and has been placed on numerous “best dressed” lists.
Kate Middleton was born on January 9th, 1982
January 9th, 1982
1 + 9 +1+9+8+2 = 30 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Thankfulness. Appreciation. Gratefulness. Gratitude. Cherish. Blessings. Please. Thank you. Alleluia! Luxury. Style. Fashion. Clothing. Clothes. Apparel. Wardrobe.
January 9th, 1982
November 16th, 2010
1 + 9 +2+0+1+0 = 13 = her personal year (from January 9th, 2010 to January 8th, 2011) = Personal growth. Personal development. Transformation. Metamorphosis. Evolution. Evolving. Changing. Flux. Adapt. Unfolding. Development. Advances. Transition. Gradual.
13 year + 11 (November) = 24 = her personal month (from November 9th, 2010 to December 8th, 2010) = Dominance. Clean living. Wholesome. Fit & trim. Devotion. Vows. Pledge. Commitment. The power behind the throne. Wearing the pants in the family.
24 month + 16 (16th of the month on Tuesday November 16th, 2010) = 40 = her personal day = Princess.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her primary challenge = KM = 24 = Dominance. Clean living. Wholesome. Fit & trim. Devotion. Vows. Pledge. Commitment. The power behind the throne. Wearing the pants in the family.
It is her 24 month. When her number (24 (her primary challenge)) comes up, that’s when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience. So this is her month!!!
Prince William was born on June 21st, 1982 at 9:03 p.m. in Paddington, London according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/William%2C_Prince_%281982%29
June 21st, 1982
6 + 21 +1+9+8+2 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Legendary. Notable. Noteworthy. Eminent. Prominent.
June 21st, 1982
November 16th, 2010
6 + 21 +2+0+1+0 = 30 = Prince William’s personal year (from June 21st, 2010 to June 20th, 2011) = Thankfulness. Appreciation. Gratefulness. Gratitude. Cherish. Blessings. Please. Thank you. Alleluia! Luxury. Style. Fashion. Clothing. Clothes. Apparel. Wardrobe.
30 year + 10 (October) = 40 = his personal month (from October 21st, 2010 to November 20th, 2010) = Princess [Kate].
Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands from themself. Kate’s life lesson is 30 (January 9th, 1982 (1 + 9 +1+9+8+2 = 30)). This is William’s 30 year, meaning that Kate is the focus in his life now.
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