Joining British royals 'daunting prospect': Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton, the fiancee of Prince William, said Tuesday that joining the British royal family was a "daunting prospect" as the couple posed for the cameras following their engagement announcement.
"It's quite a daunting prospect but hopefully I'll take it my stride. But William's a great teacher so hopefully he'll be able to help me along the way," Middleton said, after it was announced the couple had got engaged after an eight-year romance and will marry in London next year.
She said William, the second-in-line to the throne, popped the question during a "wonderful holiday" in Kenya in October.
"It was out there in a very quiet lodge and it was very romantic and it was a very personal time for both of us," said 28-year-old Kate, who was wearing a blue satin dress while her husband-to-be wore a blue suit.
William has given Kate the blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring that his late mother Diana was given by his father Prince Charles for their engagement in 1981.
"It's my mother's engagement ring so of course it's very special to me," William said.
"It was my way of making sure that my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together."
Diana divorced Charles in 1996 and was killed the following year in a car crash in Paris.
William admitted that while he had waited a long time to ask for Kate's hand in marriage.
"I don't remember how many years it's been, forgetful memory", he joked, adding "the timing is right now, we're both very, very happy and I'm very glad that I have done it."
© 2010 AFP