June 4th, 2010
05:32 PM ET
The press on both sides of the Atlantic are on pins and needles as they lay in wait for word that Prince William has finally, after seven years, proposed to his girlfriend Kate "Waity Katie" Middleton. (Seriously, that's what the British press calls her, the poor dear, because she - along with the rest of us - has been waiting patiently for a proposal.)
Back in April, Tina Brown launched the ring hunt with a post on The Daily Beast that quoted insiders who said royal diaries had been suspiciously blocked off on June 3 and 4. CNN followed up on it, but a spokeswoman at William's official residence said, "We don't comment on speculation."
A June engagement would make sense, Brown said, because it would come after the hubbub of the Parliamentary general election, and getting married could serve as a nice transition for William, who will move on from helicopter school and become an operational pilot at the start of next year.
To add to the speculation, Nicholas Davies, who wrote "William: King for the 21st Century," told Star magazine that William said he'd be marriage-ready after his 28th birthday, and the Prince turns 28 later this month.
Those theories were enough for supermarket chain Asda to bet on the engagement taking place this weekend – they’ve already got commemorative mugs for those who want to remember the occasion. As Asda's Category Director, David Mills, told Reuters, "Royal crockery is good British tradition, and this will be the biggest announcement from the royal family since the engagement of Charles and Di."
Of course, if it doesn’t happen, there’s always the Swedish royal wedding going down on June 19, the Washington Post points out. Crown Princess Victoria, 32, will marry her own commoner on that Saturday: 36-year-old gym owner Daniel Westling.
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