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 UPDATED: The blushing couple have given their first post-engagement interview. Watch it in full over at BBC News. Kate looks fabulous!

It’s official! After recent speculation in the press, a royal wedding will indeed happen for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The BBC reports that William, the first born child of Charles, the Prince of Wales and Diana, the late Princess of Wales, proposed to his longtime girlfriend during a Kenyan vacation last month. A royal announcement came from his home, Clarence House, earlier today, confirming that couple will tie the knot in London sometime next spring or summer.

Apparently, William stayed true to tradition and asked Middleton’s father for permission to marry his daughter. William and Kate, both 28, first met as students at St. Andrews University more than eight years ago. They began dating in 2003 and briefly split in 2007.

It’s said that Queen Elizabeth was “absolutely delighted” for her grandson, who is second in line to the throne. Prime Minister David Cameron was informed of the royal engagement via a phone call from Buckingham Palace during a cabinet meeting. He also said such celebratory news makes for “a great day” in their country.

Following their nuptials, the couple will reside in north Wales, as the Prince continues his work as a helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force.

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By MacKenzie Wilson