Kate Middleton and Britain’s Prince William have given their first interview after announcing they are to marry next year.
In a poignant gesture,William sealed the deal with his late mother Diana’s engagement ring.
Kate, the middle-class girl from a decidedly unroyal background, paid tribute to “Shy Di” who before her untimely death charmed so many.
“ I would have loved to have met her,” said Kate Middleton.“Obviously she was an inspirational woman to look up to to. It’s a wonderful family the members who I have met have achieved a lot and are also very inspirational.”
Kate’s parents also expressed their delight – as well they might with their daughter set to become Queen Catherine one day.
While most people seem pleased others wondered at the cost of a staging a royal wedding.
But for Britain’s tourist board the “Kate factor” is just what they have been hoping for in these recession hit times.