Prince William has spoken of his and fiancee Kate Middleton’s happiness, as the newly-engaged couple faced the cameras for the first time.
The couple, both 28, will marry next spring or summer after he proposed while on holiday in Kenya in October.
The prince said: “The timing is right now.” His brother Harry said he would be gaining a sister.
William gave Kate his mother’s engagement ring, saying: “It was right to put the two together.”
Speaking as they stood arm-in-arm before photographers, and later as they gave a TV interview, Prince William said giving Kate his mother Diana’s distinctive sapphire and diamond engagement ring was “my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement”.
He stressed that no-one was “trying to fill my mother’s shoes”. Miss Middleton paid tribute to the princess as an “inspirational woman”.
She admitted joining the Royal Family was a “daunting prospect” but she added: “Hopefully I’ll take it in my stride.”
- BBC News
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