Prince William and Kate Middleton, a couple for eight years, are engaged to be married.
The prince asked for Middleton’s hand during a private holiday in Kenya last month, but only after securing her father’s permission, Clarence House detailed.
'The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton,’ Clarence House announced, keeping with convention.
The wedding will take place in London in spring or summer 2011. Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband have both said they are ‘delighted’ for the betrothed couple.
Now, ELLE is a fashion magazine, and a royal wedding does raise the prospect of sartorial grandeur, so indulge us as we kick off the speculation: what might the future princess choose to wear on her big day?
A gown, obviously, and it has to be one designed by a British designer (sorry, Vera and Oscar). Although Kate veers toward streamlined Issa dresses in everyday life, she’s also rather conservative, and the urge toward pomp and embellishment will be difficult to resist. After all, it takes a lot of volume to fill that Westminster aisle….
Office analysis points to Fulham-based bridal designer Phillipa Lepley, whose luxurious gowns chime with Middleton's sensibility. We’re betting on a full-skirted confection blending tulle, lace, cap sleeves and pearls, while the mother of the bride would look elegant and appropriate in an Ian Stuart suit.
Richard Ward, the Kings Road stylist who has taken care of Middleton since she came to London, will no doubt oversee hair... though it's unlikely that he has ever designed a style to suit a Royal tiara.
Congratulations, Will; and best wishes to Kate!