June 4th, 2010
05:32 PM ET

On pins and needles for a royal engagement

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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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Screw the royal family.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Head Diva In Charge

    Poor kid, let him do it in his own time. Then again, 7 years is a REALLY long time.
    Well, Kate will be one lucky girl if it happens, and it's probably worth the wait.

    June 7, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Odalice Feliz

    oh I'm a big fan of all the royals weeding, I'll see it on t.v

    June 7, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. matthew macon

    I have been waity matty for this to happen this would be a glorious occasion 4 the world to witness. It was big 4 his mother and father it will be huge for him.

    June 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bad

    I Love Prince William. He looks so much like his moher. Bless her heart. Good luck son. We watched you grow up to be the Man you are:).

    June 6, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Josie

    28 is still young to be married. I could not imagine having a relationship with someone and also having the world pressure you to marry that person. That seems like a rough start before the marriage ever started. You would almost hope that he will wait until 30.

    There is not glory to being this man. I feel bad for the guy.

    June 6, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charles

    Well I should say it'd be wonderful news, for her. Prince Albert of Monaco is truly the brightest monarch our planet has going. A lesson from him is a darn sight better I should say. Rubbish!

    June 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Katie

    Well, June 3rd and 4th have come and gone......I guess the press really got this one right......

    June 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. laura

    That would be such much needed happy news for the Royal family - you could only wish him well

    June 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |

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