Britain's Prince William to wed

Britain's Prince William is to marry Kate Middleton next year, Clarence House said today.

Britain's Prince William is to marry Kate Middleton next year, it was announced today.

“The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London," a statement said.

William and Miss Middleton, both 28, became engaged while on holiday in Kenya last month.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are absolutely delighted for them both.”

After the wedding the couple will live in north Wales, where the Prince is serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “He is delighted with the good news. He sends the couple his very best.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam also sent their best wishes, as did Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Miss Middleton, who comes from a wealthy middle class background, was born a commoner but is now in line to become Queen one day.

She met William at St Andrews University in 2001 while they were studying history of art.

Miss Middleton was credited with persuading the Prince to continue his studies when he considered quitting as he struggled to adjust to university life during his first year.

They moved into a shared house with two other friends in 2002 and reportedly became a couple around Christmas 2003.

They briefly split up in April 2007, reportedly because of the strain caused by William's military career, but they were secretly back together within weeks.

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