Prince William and Kate Middleton stood together at St James's Palace in London this afternoon for the first time as an engaged couple. Kate showed her ring to the photographers, and Wills revealed that it is Princess Diana's engagement ring. He said: "It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today". Clarence House announced this morning that Kate and William will wed in the Spring or Summer of 2011. We're celebrating the exciting news by taking a look back at their courtship in pictures, and other royal weddings. Prince Charles said he's "thrilled", and added: "They have been practising long enough", while Buckingham Palace said the Queen and Prince Philip are "absolutely delighted" for them.
To find out what Kate's family had to say, just read more.
William asked Kate's father, Michael, for his permission, and Michael released this statement:
"I would just like to say that Carole and I are absolutely delighted by today's announcement and thrilled by the prospect of a wedding sometime next year. As you know Catherine and Prince William have been going out for quite a number of years, which is great for us because we have got to know William very well. We think he's wonderful and we're extremely fond of him."
You can watch the couple's presscall here. Many congratulations to Kate and William!