Thirty years after the fairy-tale nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, though with an unhappy ending, Britain will finally have another big royal wedding: its dashing helicopter-pilot prince - second in line to the throne - will marry the lovely commoner who may someday become queen.
The Queen said she was absolutely delighted for them both, while Prince Charles said he's thrilled and joked, "They've been practising long enough."
Their wedding will be held next spring or summer, revealed the couple, both 28. The prince proposed while on holiday in Kenya in October.
The engagement ring was his mother's, engagement ring, a distinctive sapphire and diamond engagement ring - a £30,000 ring consisting of 14 diamonds surrounding a sapphire. Jewellers say they have already had orders for copies of the engagement ring.
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