Prince William 'extremely excited' at engagement: PM

16th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Prince William is "extremely excited" about his engagement to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday.

"I spoke to Prince William a few moments ago and passed on my congratulations... He was obviously extremely excited about the news and thrilled about what lies in store," Cameron said.

A spokesman for William, the eldest son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, announced Tuesday that he and Middleton would marry in spring or summer next year after becoming engaged last month while on holiday in Kenya.

Speaking to reporters outside his Downing Street residence, Cameron said it was "incredibly exciting news" and said members of his government had responded with cheers when the news broke at a cabinet meeting Tuesday morning.

"I was passed a piece of paper and announced the news in the middle of the cabinet meeting and there was a great cheer that went up and a great banging of the table," the prime minister said.

"As well as this being a great moment for national celebration I think we also have to remember that this is people who love each other, who've made this announcement, who are looking forward to their wedding.

"And we must give them plenty of space to think about the future and what they're about to do.

"But (it is) a great day for our country, a great day for the royal family and obviously a great day for Prince William and for Kate."

Cameron, who like William was schooled at the elite Eton College, admitted it was also a breath of fresh air given the tough times ahead for Britain as the government implements major cuts in public spending to pay off a record budget deficit.

"It's great to have a piece of unadulterated good news that everyone can celebrate and be happy for them," he said, adding: "I'm sure it'll be something when the whole country will come together."

Cameron recalled the 1981 marriage of William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, when he said he was one of thousands of people who slept out on the streets of London overnight to catch a glimpse of the royal bride.

"I'm sure lots of people will want to celebrate in lots of ways," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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