Tourism insiders in the UK were hoping for a second windfall in 2011 as it was confirmed the Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry long-term partner Mike Tindall.
Tindall – an England rugby union international - proposed to 29-year-old Phillips on Monday evening at their home in Gloucestershire, with a date for the wedding expected to be named in the near future.
Pictured: Tindall and Phillips met in 2003
The engagement was confirmed by Buckingham Palace this morning.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are said to be “delighted” by the news.
Phillips, who is presently 12th in line to the British throne, and 31-year-old Tindall met during England’s Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in 2003.
He presently plays for Guinness Premiership side Gloucester.
Phillips has achieved sporting success of her own, winning individual gold at the World Equestrian Games in Germany in 2006.
The victory helped her to claim the BBC Sports Personality of the Year title - following in the footsteps of her mother, Princess Anne, who won the award in 1971.
The news comes just weeks after the announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry in 2011.
Also in the Europe today, World Mobi was celebrating the success of its new city guide to Gloucester.
World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Gloucester.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
World.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.