A romantic holiday in Kenya has paid dividends for Prince William, with Clarence House confirming he is to marry sweetheart Kate Middleton next year.
The news follows confirmation of their engagement in October this year.
William – who is second in line to the British throne - will marry in the year which would have marked the 30th anniversary of his parents’ wedding.
The couple have been dating for eight years, following a meeting at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland.
Miss Middleton is widely credited with convincing William to remain at the college following a difficult first year.
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.
“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 statement went on to explain that, following the marriage, the couple would live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.
Following the announcement prime minister David Cameron’s spokeswoman said he was “delighted” and sent the couple his very best.
Ed Miliband said he was also delighted for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“The whole country will be wishing them every happiness.”