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Kate Middleton's Family "Thrilled" Over Engagement

Celebrity News Nov. 16, 2010 AT 12:02PM
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Kate Middleton's parents are thrilled Prince William has proposed.

"I would just like to say that Carole and I are absolutely delighted by today's announcement and thrilled by the prospect of a wedding sometime next year," her father Michael Middleton said Tuesday.

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The prince and Middleton, both 28, have been dating for eight years, after meeting at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

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Said her father, "As you know Catherine and Prince William have been going out for quite a number of years, which is great for us because we have got to know William very well. We think he's wonderful and we're extremely fond of him.

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"They make a lovely couple," he also said. "They're great fun to be with and we've had a lot of laughs together. We wish them every happiness for the future."

A Buckingham Palace rep tells "Both Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are absolutely delighted for them both."

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