(LONDON) -- Britain's Prince William is officially engaged to 28-year-old Kate Middleton, royal officials said Tuesday.
"The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton," the statement from Clarence House read.
Prince William, 28, asked Middleton, also 28, to marry him while the two were on vacation in Kenya last month, the statement said. The two met nearly a decade ago while students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The relationship garnered some controversy because Middleton does not come from royalty and royals are generally expected to wed other aristocrats.
The queen said she is "absolutely delighted" for the couple, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.
The wedding will take place in the spring or summer of next year in London, the statement said. Prince William reportedly asked permission to marry Middleton from her father before proposing.
The couple plans to live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue his service in the Royal Air Force, the statement said.
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