Waiting is over for princess-to-be Kate Middleton

Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:47am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Kate Middleton, the daughter of entrepreneurs, went from friend to lover when living with the future king, Prince William, at university in Scotland.

Impatient newspapers dubbed Middleton "waity Katie" after their courtship lasted for nearly a decade before William, second-in-line to the British throne, finally popped the question during a holiday in Kenya last month.

They will be married next year.

The engagement seals an on-off relationship that began when William and Kate, now both 28, were students at St Andrews University in Scotland from 2001.

"They were able to get to know each other quite uniquely -- they had four years together away from the royal circus. They lived a normal kind of life. They started as friends which has to be the best recipe," said royal biographer Penny Junor.

Stylish, discreet and blessed with demure good looks -- royal watchers are delighted at the youthful addition to Britain's royal family.

And the comparisons with William's late mother, the ill-fated Diana who died in a car crash in 1997 after a high-speed chase pursued by the paparazzi, are endless.

"Everybody has been waiting for this new injection of blood and excitement into the royal family and Kate is certainly going to provide that," Ian Lloyd, a royal writer and photographer told Sky News.

"She's fabulous to photograph and she looks the part. She looks elegant, she looks stylish, the right person for a future king. It's wonderful from that point of view," he added.   Continued...