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Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged [pictures]

November 16, 2010 |  9:48 am

Kate and Wills engaged Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged, Britain's royal family announced Tuesday, with a wedding expected sometime in spring or summer of 2011, possibly at Westminster Abbey. 

The couple, both 28, have been off and on as a couple since meeting as students at Scotland's University of St. Andrews eight years ago, and were engaged while on vacation in Kenya in October. William, second in line for the British throne after his father, Charles, sought permission from his future father-in-law before proposing.

Kate-and-wills-gallery Lady Diana Spencer married the prince of Wales on July 29, 1981, in an elaborate ceremony "attended" by about 750,000 people worldwide, hundreds of thousands in the streets of London and 3,500 guests in St. Paul's Cathedral. She was 20, and Charles was 32.

Will similar marital magic repeat itself 30 years later? Or is the world too different of a place?

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Top photo: The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton covers the front page of the Evening Standard in London on Tuesday. Credit: Carl Court / AFP/Getty Images

Bottom photo: Kate Middleton and Prince William in the State Apartments of London's St. James Palace on Tuesday. Photo: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

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