Royal wedding watchers are speculating that the big day is looking more and more like a sure thing after Kate Middleton’s parents were spotted at the queen’s estate in Scotland.
Prince William’s girlfriend’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, spent the weekend with the celebrated couple at Birkhall, Prince Charles’ private residence on the Balmoral estate, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported on Tuesday.
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“That they should be guests at a shooting party should not be underestimated,” the Daily Mail quoted one royal watcher as saying. “This is the Middletons being taught to be able to join the royals at play.”
The Middletons, who own a party goods website, are often pointed out in the British press for their middle-class roots — quite at odds with their daughter’s boyfriend’s family background.Slideshow: The lives of princes (on this page)
“The whole idea of William and Kate getting married is gaining momentum in the press,” royal commentator Dickie Arbiter told TODAYshow.com. “The Middletons’ visit to Balmoral is likely an effort by Prince William to repay the kindness that the Middletons have shown him in the past. A royal engagement will only happen when William and Kate decide it will happen.”
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Video: U.K. royal wedding set for 2012? (on this page) Nearly every week there is a story in the British papers speculating about a royal engagement. Several years ago, Prince William, 28, said that he would like to marry between the ages of 28 and 30. He and Middleton have been together eight years, and met during their time in university at St Andrews in Scotland.
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