16 November 2010

UK: Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton engaged to marry

Clarence House issued the following press statement earlier today, 16 November 2010:
"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.

Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. 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.

Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force."
Following the announcement, the couple met the press for a short photo session and a few questions at St. James Palace. The session can be viewed here. BBC News has - as expected - created a special Royal Wedding website. So has (among others) The Daily Telegraph, who will also issue a special souvenir edition tomorrow, Wednesday 17 November 2010.

After months, if not years, of media speculation, Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton has "finally" become engaged to marry. We can look forward to a great royal wedding next year with lots of pomp and circumstance and media coverage! Speculations about where the wedding will take place as well as a possible ducal title for Prince William have already started. I will come back with more details and comments when more news are revealed.

Prince William of Wales was born at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London on 21 June 1982 as the eldest son of HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and HRH The Princess of Wales, née Diana Spencer. Prince William's fiancée, Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton, was born at Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, on 9 January 1982, as the daughter of Michael Francis Middleton and Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith. Her ancestry table can be viewed at the late William A. Reitwiesner's website Wargs.com.*

Some other articles about Miss Middleton's ancestry
  • Revaled: Secrets of the Middleton's money and how Kate's ancestors made a fortune (Mail Online 23 March 2009) - maybe a bit too tabloid in style, but parts of the article is interesting nevertheless
  • Biographer traces Kate Middleton's ancestry to Holloway Prison (Telegraph.co.uk 30 March 2009)
  • Kate Winslet and Kate Middleton's ancestries revealed in online 1911 census (Telegraph.co.uk 17 June 2009)
Sources and references

*I really hope that William A. Reitwiesner's family makes sure that the contents of his excellent website will be secured and continue to be available for the public in some way or other.

Updated on Wednesday 17 November 2010 at 12.00 (typo corrected).



  1. An excellent source on Miss Middleton's family history and her own life is Claudia Joseph's 2009 biography/family history, *Kate: Kate Middleton, Princess in Waiting." I am now looking forward to moving this book from my "books I am embarrassed to have bought" shelf to my "British Royalty" collection!

  2. Aloha, Some of us Americans are her relatives...are you one?

    We wish them much happiness.

    Kate Middleton's Other Famous Relatives


    and her Ancestors-at-glance fan chart at the FamilyForest.com website