Prince William and Kate Middleton will be heading down the aisle in 2011, it has been confirmed.

The prince finally proposed to his girlfriend of 8-years during a private holiday in Kenya last month. In a statement released by Clarence House today, it was revealed that William asked permission from Kate’s father before asking her to marry him.

No date for the royal wedding has been announced yet, although the palace says it will take place sometime during the spring or summer of next year. More details of the wedding will be released in due course.

Speculation has been mounting over the past few months as whispers reached the press that the announcement of a royal wedding was imminent. The biggest indication that an engagement was on the cards came after Kate’s parents were invited to stay at the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral.

Following the 2011 wedding, which will take place in London, the couple will start married life in North Wales where William is based with his role in the Royal Air Force.

The couple met in 2001 when they were both studying at St Andrews University, and lived together in student accommodation along with two other students during their time in Uni. The pair split briefly in 2007, but rekindled their romance within a few weeks of the break-up.

Next Year’s nuptials will be the biggest royal wedding since the marriage of Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana the Princess of Wales, in 1981.