Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton: The Engagement

The wedding world is abuzz at the recent news of the engagement of the British Prince William of Wales to ‘commoner,’ Kate Middleton. A plethora of Chinese manufacturers kicked their factories into overdrive to create cheap reproductions of Kate’s blue sapphire and white diamond ring, which once adorned the hand of Will’s mother, the late Princess Diana of Wales.

Will and Kate Engagement Photo courtesy of Style.com

Will and Kate pose for photographers after the official announcement of their engagement. Photo courtesy of Style.com

“This was my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today,” said William as the couple posed for photographers in the state apartments at St. James’ Palace.

According to CBS News, Prince William asked Middleton’s father for her hand in marriage before finally popping the big question. The prince was nervous about asking Kate to marry him, saying, “”I was not sure she would say yes. How could I be?”

The royal couple is scheduled to wed April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey.

For Your Wedding

The Elegance Personalized Serving Tray makes an excellent engagement gift.Looking for engagement gifts for your own favorite couple? Check out our Elegance Personalized Serving Tray pictured at left. I have also compiled a list of other engagement gift and engagement party resources below:

  • History and etiquette of the monogram: everything you need to know about getting the monogram right on your engagement and wedding gifts.
  • Read all about Wedding Gift Giving Etiquette, much of which also applies to engagement gift giving.
  • Bachelorette party set for the bride

Check it out:

–Kate Middleton’s Engagement Ring is Princess Diana’s, discussion on the CBS News Celebrity Circuit

-Wedding Gifts and Registry Etiquette & Advice from Brides Magazine

-The UK Gift Company has also released the only official Will and Kate engagement commemorative gifts. I love the Royal Wedding 20 cm Wall Plate from The Royal Collection.

-Royal Dos And Don’ts: Valentino’s Advice For Kate Middleton

~Mandy

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