King Charles Shares Details of Prince William's Proposal to 'My Beloved Daughter-in-Law' Kate Middleton in Kenya
2023/11/09

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The British royal family's ties to Kenya are strong — and it's even where chose to propose to !

 spoke at a state banquet in Kenya on Tuesday as part of his visit with . The visit marks the monarch's first trip to a Commonwealth country since his accession in September 2022 upon the death of his mother, . In his speech, he recapped some of the memories that his family members have in the African country.

"It was here, in sight of Mount Kenya, that my son, the Prince of Wales,  proposed to his wife, now my beloved daughter-in-law," King Charles said, recalling the 2010 engagement.

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The news of the upcoming royal wedding was made public a few weeks later, and William and Kate sat down for their and spoke about how the proposal came about.

"As every guy out there will know, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going," Prince William said. "So I was planning it, and then it just felt really right out in Africa. It was beautiful."

Although they met as college students years earlier, the proposal still came as a surprise to Kate.

"It was a total shock when it came," she said during the engagement interview.

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"There's a true romantic in there."

In Jan. 2020, Prince William spoke again about why he opted to propose in Kenya at a celebrating the relationship between the U.K. and Africa.

“The African continent holds a very special place in my heart," William said as Kate watched. "It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died. And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to ."

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