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On November 16, 2010, Clarence House announced that Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton were to marry; the couple had become engaged in Kenya in October. The engagement ring given by William to Catherine had belonged to his mother.


Prince William was born at Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London, at 9:03 pm on June 21, 1982 as the first child of Charles, Prince of Wales—heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II—and Diana, Princess of Wales. His names, William Arthur Philip Louis, were announced by Buckingham Palace on June 28. He was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 4 August, the 82nd birthday of his paternal great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on January 9, 1982 into an upper-middle-class family. She was baptised at St Andrew’s Bradfield, Berkshire, on 20 June 1982. She is the eldest of three children born to Michael Middleton (b. 1949), and his wife, Carole (née Goldsmith; b. 1955), a former flight dispatcher and flight attendant, respectively, who in 1987 founded Party Pieces, a privately held mail order company that sells party supplies and decorations with an estimated worth of £30 million.

The wedding took place on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London. A few hours before the ceremony, HM The Queen conferred on HRH Prince William the new titles of Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus.

The couple have three children:

HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge; born July 22, 2013
HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge; born May 2, 2015
HRH Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge; born 23 April 2018