Katherine Jenkins and Gethin Jones have confirmed they are engaged, and are planning to tie the knot next year.

Former Blue Peter presenter, Gethin Jones, got down on bended knee at the end of the couple’s holiday on the Mexico coast last month. It’s been reported that the Cardiff born presenter surprised the opera star with a diamond engagement ring from Bond Street Jewellers Goode and Son, which the 30-year-old is said to be thrilled with.

The Welsh duo have been dating since 2007 when they met on the set of Strictly Come Dancing where Katherine was due to perform, and Gethin was appearing as a contestant on the show. The pair have been together ever since, buying a £4.7 million property together in London last year, prompting speculation that a wedding was in the pipeline.

Despite busy work schedules over the coming year, the couple are keen to get plans into action, with one source close to the pair saying the Katherine and Gethin are planning a “fun, wild wedding.”

With both the bride and groom hailing from South Wales, it’s likely the celebrity couple will opt for a Welsh venue for their big day in 2012. Both Katherine and Gethin are especially guarded about their relationship so any glossy magazine deals for their wedding are likely to be refused.

The 30-year-old opera singer took to Twitter today to confirm the news, and thank her fans for their messages of congratulations.