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A Royal Wedding : Prince William and Kate Middleton Set to Marry

Updated on August 18, 2011

Prince William an Kate Middleton: preperations begin for a Royal Wedding

Yesterday Clarence House released the news of the engagement of Prince William and his long term girlfriend of nine years, Kate Middleton, and it quickly made the headlines around the world. It comes at a time of financial difficulty throughout the country, and one can't help but think it couldn't be a worse time to begin planning a Royal Wedding, as the tax payer will inevitably have to foot the bill. Prince William has assured the UK though that he is bearing this in mind. Nevertheless, credit crunch or not, the wedding of the decade, which will be held in spring or summer of next year, has certainly got the globes attention!

Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton was born 9th January, 1982, to an air hostess and flight dispatcher, in Berkshire, UK, and she is the eldest of two siblings, Phillipa "Pippa", and James William. In 1987 the Middleton's set up an mail order business selling party goods called Party Pieces, and made a fortune. Kate attended St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, then followed onto Marlborough College, and then went onto St Andrew's University in Fife in 2001 to study history of art. It was here she met her Prince Charming, as he was attending the same university. A relationship soon started when the pair lived together at university, and things were going well until 2005, when Kate Middleton complained to her lawyer that she was being harassed by the media. This prompted Kate to be assigned personal 24 hour security supplied by the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department. This got tongues wagging about a possible engagement between the pair, as Kate would not be entitled to this service otherwise. No news broke regarding an engagement between the pair though, and things worsened between Kate and the media, who she believed were harassing her. Then in April 2007 news broke that Kate and William had split, and there was much speculation as to why, with a clear reason never being given. But the split lasted only around three months, as Kate and Prince William were seen together at various locations, and their relationship was rekindled. Since then, it seems things have just got better and better for the lovebirds. Kate's status has risen considerably, having been to many Royal events, and she's been on many "best dressed" lists, often being admired for her fashion style.

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, after getting permission from her father, in October 2010 while on a holiday in Kenya, giving her his mother's engagement ring. The reason he gave her this ring, which is a huge sapphire surrounded by diamonds, was so his mother didn't miss out on the excitement of it all. Everyone is said to be delighted for them, with Prince Charles, the Queen, David Cameron and Carwyn Jones, and many more, all giving statements wishing them future happiness. Obviously Kate's parents are thrilled to bits too. Even though a date for 2011 hasn't been set, there are many rumours flying around, and it is thought to be sometime in the summer, either June, July or August. Also the destination of the wedding has not yet been confirmed, as it is thought that Prince William may avoid Westminster Abbey, as that is where his mother's funeral was held in 1997. It is thought that it maybe held in St Paul's Cathedral, which is where William's parents, Charles and Diana wed 29 years ago, but this hasn't yet been confirmed or denied. One thing is for certain, and that is that Prince William and Kate, both 28, are starting their new married life in RAF Valley, North Wales, as this is where the Prince is based as a helicopter rescue pilot.

Kate has commented that marrying into the Royal family is a "daunting prospect", and who wouldn't agree?! There is still lots of controversy and doubt surrounding the death of Williams mother, Diana, and I'm sure this is not a road Kate would like to follow! But Kate has already been deemed the new Diana, and the life of a Princess is certainly going to be very demanding. This has already been proved when Kate felt she was being harassed by the media, and things aren't set to get any easier. Prince William has expressed that Kate is under no pressure whatsoever to follow in his mothers footsteps and all of her charity work, and that she is free to do what ever makes her happy. It seems like a match made in heaven, they've been together nine years and this is the next natural step to take in their relationship. Only time is going to tell what the future really has in store for the Prince and his future wife.


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    • GJ56 profile image

      GJ56 6 years ago

      Thanks : ) I'll check it out

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      mademoiselle33 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I really liked your article about the prince and future princess. To learn more about the turbulent history of royal marriages, check out my hub:

    • GJ56 profile image

      GJ56 7 years ago

      Hi, thanks for your comment : ) and yes, she is gorgeous, as you would expect of a princess! Oh,

      how come you couldn't see the video? I tested it before it went on and it worked fine : /

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      I think she is just stunning! The world is brighter for her beauty and intelligence - very well stated - "daunting prospect" - very royal!

      Great Hub - well written and researched.

      Wish I could have seen the video.

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      RamonB 7 years ago

      They seem like OK people, but how long is the UK going to persist with a constitutional monarchy?

      It's the 21st century for goodness sake, surely this type of privileged existence is outdated nowadays?

      I know they are popular with a lot of people, but I find it difficult to understand why there is so much interest in the British Royal family in this day and age.