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Archbishop Nichols congratulates Prince William and Kate

By on Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a wedding earlier this year (Photo: PA)

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a wedding earlier this year (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has welcomed the news that Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton are to marry next year.

Archbishop Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: “I was delighted to hear the news of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

“My congratulations to both of them and I wish them every happiness in their married life together. I assure them of our prayers and best wishes,” the archbishop said.

Clarence House announced plans this morning for a royal wedding next year, either in the spring or summer.

Prince William proposed to Miss Middleton when they were on holiday in Kenya last month.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are said to be “absolutely delighted” by news of the engagement, while the Prince of Wales said he was “thrilled”.

David Cameron, who was given the news during a Cabinet meeting, said the announcement was met with “a great cheer” by his ministers as well as a “great banging of tables”.

He said it was “a great day for our country, a great day for the royal family and obviously a great day for Prince William and for Kate”.

A spokesman for Lambeth Palace said the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, had expressed his “delight” at the news.

  • Bwaj

    May I take this opportunity on behalf of my family and myself to pass on my congratulations to you both, Your Royal Highness, and Ms. Middleton.
    May Our Lord and His Blessed Mother watch over you both, bless and protect you always.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike

    While this is wonderful news, weren't they cohabiting for a number of years before tying the knot, or aren't we supposed to speak about 'living in sin' any more?

  • Janeg1964

    That's just what I was thinking…

  • Vicente

    My question is: Isn't Kate a Catholic and if so won't she have to convert to the Anglican Church (so that William remains elligible to become King)?

    I mean is this alright with catholics in the UK?

  • Bwaj

    Please can I ask your readers to offer a TRIDUUM or NOVENA of PRAYERS for HRH THE PRINCE WILLIAM and Ms. KATE MIDDLETON (HRH THE PRINCESS KATHERINE) and if possible include them in their Mass Intentions.