LONDON — More than eight years after Kate Middleton stole the heart of the future King of England, the pair’s engagement is only months away, the British newspaper the Daily Mirror claimed on Tuesday.
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The report suggested that the couple are considering three dates in July and August of 2011 for their wedding.
"William and Kate have been an item since 2001, and a lot of people think he ought to get on with it or move on," royal commentator Dickie Arbiter told NBC News. "The likelihood is that he will get on with it, but only William and Kate know if and when."Video: Royal wedding rumored for summer of 2011 (on this page)
The two met as students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and William is now serving as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.
William is reported to have said that he always wanted to marry between the ages of 28 and 30, and next year, the second in line to the throne will be 29. Even bookies have stopped taking bets on the year the wedding will take place, and will now only take bets on the month, the paper reported.
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"It  is a good year as the queen is going to celebrate her 85th birthday and the duke is going to celebrate his 90th," said Arbiter. "What a way to celebrate both birthdays, by having a royal wedding."Slideshow: The lives of princes (on this page)
Previous speculation has centered around a royal wedding in 2012, but the Olympic Games in London and the Queen’s Jubilee already dominate the calendar that year.
But the royal household isn't commenting on the rumors.
"Only Prince William and Kate Middleton know what their plans are, and anything else is just speculation," a spokesman told the paper.
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