London, Nov 16: UK's much-awaited royal wedding is to take place next year with an official announcement saying that Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, is to marry his longtime companion Kate Middleton in 2011.
William-Kate wedding, which is likely to rekindle memories of the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, will climax an eight year on and off romance.
William is the most liked British royal after the late Queen Mother who died in 2002 aged 101 and Britons have been eagerly awaiting the nuptials for years.
"The wedding will take place in spring or summer of 2011, in London," a statement from the Clarence House announcing the wedding said, adding that further details about the marriage will be announced in due course.
"Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed the Queen and other close members of his family. He has also sought permission of Miss Middleton's father," the statement said.
William and Kate, both 28, will live in North Wales where the Prince is currently serving with the Royal Air Force.
The first to comment on the announcement was the Prime Minister David Cameron, who said "he was delighted" and wished the royal couple very best. PTI