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Prince William Gives UK Long-Awaited Royal Wedding

LONDON (AP) - Britain's Prince William says it was a way of making sure that his mother, the late Princess Diana, "didn't miss out" on the upcoming royal wedding.

William says he's given his fiancee, Kate Middleton, the engagement ring that was once worn by his mother. It's an oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

He commented as the couple posed for photographers today in the state apartments at St. James' Palace.

Middleton acknowledged that being queen someday is a "daunting prospect."

As for last month's proposal from William during a vacation in Kenya, she's not saying whether he was on bended knee.

Royal officials announced today that the couple will marry next spring or summer in London.

Prince Charles says he's "absolutely thrilled" with the news. His second wife, Camilla, says her stepson's engagement is "the most brilliant news."

Middleton's parents are welcoming the prince to their family. Her father says, "We all think he's wonderful."

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