Prince William 'granted stability' by marrying Kate says expert
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William and Kate’s 10-year anniversary is marked on Thursday, a huge milestone for the royal couple. Due to her tragic death in 1997, the Princess of Wales never got to see her son get married, but William was determined to include her in the nuptials. For this reason, he decided he would propose to Kate using his mother’s beautiful sapphire engagement ring.
He said of the 18 carat ring: “It’s very special to me. And as Catherine is very special to me now, it was right the two are put together.
“It is my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today.”
However, preparing to present Kate with the ring in a romantic proposal wasn’t entirely straight-forward for the Prince.
First he had to persuade his brother Prince Harry to give it to him.
When Diana died, they had each been offered something of hers as a keepsake; William chose her gold Cartier watch and Harry the engagement ring.
When William decided he wanted the ring to propose to Kate, Harry agreed to swap.
Prince Harry and Kate always got on well, with the Duke saying: “I get a sister, which I’ve always wanted.”
Next, William needed to organise the perfect proposal.
He had decided to pop the question while they were on holiday in Kenya and nervously hid the ring in his rucksack.
Towards the end of their trip, they flew by helicopter to Rutundu Lake high on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
William got down on one knee in a remote wooden hut and the ring reportedly slipped on perfectly.
Kate recalled in their engagement interview: “It was very romantic. There’s a true romantic in there.”
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At first, the couple kept their engagement secret, due to the death of Kate’s grandfather, Peter.
When they finally told the family, there was a mixture of delight and relief, with several people commenting that it had been a long time coming.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dated for around eight years before getting engaged and speculation that they would get married came as early as 2006, four years before they finally did.
The Queen, who was said to be “absolutely delighted”, told a guest at Windsor Castle: “It is brilliant news. It has taken them a long time.”
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Prince Charles joked: “I am thrilled. They have been practising long enough. It makes me feel very old.
Meanwhile, William’s stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, added: “I’m just so happy and so are they. It’s brilliant. It’s wicked!”
After announcing their engagement on November 16, 2010, they waited just five months before tying the knot in a lavish ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
It was such a spectacle that it was said to assure Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy that she did not want such a spotlight on her life and that it was right she broke off their relationship.
William and Harry are set to reunite again for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue in the Sunken Gardens of Kensington Palace on July 1.
However, this has been called into question, after the Duke of Sussex faced a somewhat frosty reception from his family at the recent funeral of Prince Philip.
Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers claimed Harry was “shocked” at this reaction, despite his controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey just last month.
Mr Myers said both camps are still committed to the July 1 date, although it might potentially clash with Meghan giving birth to the Sussexes’ second child, which could throw a spanner in the works.
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