Prince William to marry Kate Middleton in London

Prince William will marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, Clarence House has confirmed.

BBC News reports that a short statement confirmed the couple’s engagement, putting an end to weeks of speculation that an official announcement was just around the corner.

It was revealed in the statement that the much-anticipated royal wedding would take place in the Spring or Summer next year. As for the wedding venue, London has been confirmed as the location but no further details have yet been released.

“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton,” writes The Press Association, citing the Clarence House statement.

“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, who is second in line to the throne, told The Queen and other close relatives of his plans, and is understood to have asked Middleton’s father for her hand in marriage.

After the wedding, Prince William and Middleton will move to north Wales and live there for the foreseeable future as William continues his service in the Royal Air Force.

Prince William met Middleton, who has no royal family connections, during his time as a student at St Andrews University eight years ago. As a report by The Guardian points out, Middleton is now set to become “the first commoner to marry an heir-presumptive to the throne for 350 years”.