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    >>> a new photo of newly engaged kate middleton is fueling speculation where next year's royal wedding will be held. today, we turn to natalie morales in north wells at anglesey, home to prince william and kate . good morning to you.

    >> reporter: yes, kate was seen leaving westminster abbey , fueling speculation that will be the choice for the royal wedding . as she remains in london, prince william returned back to work at the royal air force base and here is where they will spend their first years of life as a married couple.

    >> reporter: their engagement may have been a traditional affair but kate and william are a thoroughly modern couple. the last eight months they have been living as man and wife where prince william flies as an air force pie lot of on rescue missions.

    >> luckily we live in the 21st century and a lot of people live together before they're married. i think in this instance, the queen was delight.

    >> reporter: far away from the media glare and in this insulated part of lake wales , they've been trying to lead a normal life , shopping at the local supermarket and picking up a takeout dinner and having an occasional drink at the pub.

    >> she was here for a good hour. it was quite pleasing to have them in the establishment.

    >> reporter: it's a long way away from the royal life and glamorous surroundings prince william is used to and kate might struggle to find the latest fashion.

    >> a great place to live, a great place to holiday. fantastic scenery all around.

    >> reporter: you have to get past the wind and rain.

    >> we have a bit of rain here.

    >> reporter: where it rains most days and temperatures rarely hit a high. william can go on his adventurous streak.

    >> they have been running around with their helmets on.

    >> reporter: kate can work on her photographly with the landscapes right at her doorstep.

    >> reporter: how much of a boost is this for your tourism?

    >> quite a boost. they will think, wow, prince william and kate middleton live here.

    >> reporter: they're hoping the boost will be good for tourism.

    >> it's good news and good for the economy.

    >> reporter: they're not about to give away their secret.

    >> it's not that much of an issue.

    >> reporter: that's how kate and william hope to hold on to their private life a little longer before they face the full force of their royal duties. the royal couple will continue to live her through 2013 , when the prince's tour is over and after that, speculation already began where they will choose to settle then.

    >> thank you very much.

    >>> coming up tomorrow, brian has an exclusive interview with prince charles . you can catch the man that would be king at 9 and 8:00 central time and harmony, and our climate crisis on nbc.

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updated 11/18/2010 11:01:27 AM ET 2010-11-18T16:01:27

The engagement of Prince William to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton came as no surprise to inhabitants of Anglesey, the island in North Wales where the second in line to the British throne has lived quietly with his bride-to-be for several months.

On Anglesey, William and Kate are just another set of young lovebirds when they pop into a local pub for a pint. The Anglesey Mail hasn’t run any front-page photos of the couple stocking up on staples for the secluded farmhouse in which they cohabit.

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Just another couple — with bodyguards
“They’re just like any other young couple in love — until you realize they’ve got armed bodyguards on the next table,” a bar employee of the White Eagle at Rhoscolyn told the London Daily Mail.

“Prince William usually drinks bitter, perhaps a pint or two, and Kate sticks to white wine and sparkling water. He seems to enjoy our homemade burgers and chips. Kate prefers fish and salads,” the worker said.

Everyone knows that Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales is the “heir presumptive” to the British throne and that one day Catherine Elizabeth Middleton could become Queen Catherine. But until that happens, the locals are content to let the couple just be “Wills and Kate,” and enjoy the privacy and somewhat normal life they crave.

Whether the London-based tabloids will let the couple have their alone-time, however, remains to be seen. If they knew that the couple were spending a lot of time in Anglesey, they didn’t let on over the past months.

Video: Prince William, Kate Middleton engaged! (on this page)

But then again, as recently as last weekend, the so-called royal experts were predicting that the couple would get engaged over the year-end holidays; William actually popped the question in Kenya in October, making the engagement one of the best-kept secrets of the new millennium.

Story: Inner circle stayed mum on engagement news

The prince and princess-to-be say they want to spend the first few years of their marriage away from all the royal trappings — and publicity — that come with living in one of the royal family’s palaces.

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But there is also a practical reason: William has several years left of his commitment to the Royal Air Force, which assigned him to a search-and-rescue helicopter unit based in Anglesey.

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Although the couple are expected to continue splitting their time between London and the farmhouse in Anglesey, speculation is rampant that they will eventually settle into a six-bedroom house Prince Charles is having built at Harewood Park in Herefordshire.

But where’s the wedding?
While the royal watchers catch up with the somewhat secret life William and Kate have been leading together of late, the focus on their super-secret engagement is beginning to shift to their still-undisclosed wedding day next year. Kate and her aides were seen leaving Westminster Abbey early Wednesday night, fueling speculation that the wedding could be held there.

Slideshow: A royal couple’s long courtship (on this page)

Prince William’s staff told People magazine, however, that Kate is merely checking out potential venues. “Miss Middleton paid a private visit to Westminster Abbey to meet key staff there in order to consider it as an option. They will consult further with their families before making a final decision,” the spokesperson said.

Princess Diana’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey, which is located in central London, in 1997. William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, was married there in 1947. Other potential locations for the wedding include St. Paul’s Cathedral, where William’s parents got married in 1981.

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As for the royal honeymoon, speculation ranges from Kenya, where the couple became engaged, to Seychelles, the island country in the Indian Ocean where William reportedly vowed to marry Kate one day after getting back together after a months-long split in 2007.

Living in sin?
If Her Majesty’s royal subjects are aghast at the disclosure that William and Kate have been cohabiting, they haven’t shown it. But then again, it is 2010.

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What a difference 74 years makes. In 1936, King Edward VIII stunned England, and much of the world, when he abdicated the throne he held for just 325 days in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

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Photos: A royal couple's long courtship

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  1. William and Kate

    On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, eight years after they first met at university. The prince popped the question five months earlier to his longtime girlfriend during a vacation to Kenya. Take a look at their top moments.

    Official wedding photo The online version of the royal wedding's official program includes a never-before-seen portrait of the couple, shot by Mario Testino. Testino also shot their official engagement pics. (Mario Testino / Art Partner) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A pre-wedding outing

    Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge as she is known after the wedding, waves as she walks with Prince William in Darwen, England, on April 11, less than three weeks until the royal wedding. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Royal couple mania!

    Excited fans line up to see Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Darwen, England, on April 11. The prince was in the town to officially open the school. (Lindsey Parnaby / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Weather or not

    Heavy rain didn't prevent Kate Middleton and Prince William from thrilling the crowd that gathered to see them as they arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in northern England on April 11. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A perfect flip

    Prince William looks on as Kate Middleton tosses a pancake during a visit to City Hall on March 8, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Wedding blooms

    Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, speak to wedding florist Rachel Gibson during a visit to the Greenmount Agriculture & Food College, in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on March 8, 2011. (Paul Faith / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Remembering Christchurch

    Prince William looks on as his fiancée Kate Middleton signs the book of condolence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake at the New Zealand High Commission in London. (David Parker / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Romantic homecoming

    Prince William and Kate Middleton returned to the university where they met and fell in love on Feb. 25 with an official visit to St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. (Danny Lawson / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pouring some bubbly

    Prince William and his blushing bride-to-be Kate Middleton performed a bit of royal duty, making a rare public appearance in Anglesey, Wales to christen Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station’s brand new lifeboat, the "Hereford Endeavour" on Feb. 24, 2011. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Official engagement portraits

    The couple pose in their official engagement portraits, taken by photographer Mario Testino in the Cornwall Room at St James's Palace in London on Nov. 25, 2010. (Mario Testino / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Engaged at last

    William and Kate pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London on Nov. 16, after they announced their engagement. The couple are to wed April 29, 2011. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Diana's ring

    This close-up shows that the engagement ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton was the one that had belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. The ring is an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Royal couple

    Months of speculation about William and Kate's engagement grew more intense when the couple attended Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford's wedding at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Oct. 23, 2010, in Northleach near Cheltenham, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Chic chapeau

    In an eye-catching hat, Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks on Aug. 14, 2009, in London. Middleton had been named to Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list in July 2008. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Wedding guests

    Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the wedding of friend Chiara Hunt in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 6, 2008. Two years and two months later, it was announced that the prince and his longtime girlfriend had finally become engaged. (Ikon Pictures via Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A jolly good time

    Prince Harry, Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall laugh together as they watch the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2008. (Tim Graham / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Together again

    Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Royal Air Force graduation ceremony held at RAF Cranwell, England on April 11, 2008. Middleton's accompanying the prince as he was awarded his RAF wings was a clear indication that the couple had reconciled after a widely reported split a year earlier. (Michael Dunlea / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A day at the races

    Kate Middleton attends a horse race at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire, western England, in this March 16, 2007, photograph. (Eddie Keogh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. On the slopes

    Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted skiing in Klosters, Switzerland, on March 19, 2008, one of a number of public appearances together that showed that they had reconciled after a reported April 2007 breakup. (Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. They're off!

    Prince William and Kate Middleton on the first day of the Cheltenham Race Festival in Gloucestershire, on March 13, 2007. One month later, the media reported that Middleton and the prince had broken up. (Stephen Lock / Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Separate seats

    Prince Harry (front left) and Prince William (on Harry's left) are clearly enjoying a performance at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London on July 1, 2007. So is Kate Middleton (upper right corner). At the time, rumor had it that William and Kate had reconciled after their split in April 2007, but they sat separately, insisting that they were "just good friends." (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Sports fans

    Prince William and Kate Middleton attend a rugby match in London in this Feb. 10, 2007, photo. (Richard Heathcote / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Paparazzi prey

    Photographers snap pictures of Kate Middleton as she leaves her Chelsea home on Jan. 9, 2007, her 25th birthday. The growing media attention that she attracted at this time prompted warnings to the press from Prince Charles, Prince William and Middleton's lawyers. As a result, two newspaper groups decided to cease publishing paparazzi photos of Middleton. (Solo via ZUMA Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Lady in red

    Kate Middleton arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, on Dec. 15, 2006. (Ben Gurr / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Guest of honor

    Kate Middleton is seen at the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes at St Cyriac's Church, Lacock on May 6, 2006, in Wiltshire, England. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Model behavior

    Kate Middleton models on the catwalk at a student fashion show attended by Prince William on March 26, 2002, in St. Andrews, Scotland. The prince reportedly paid 200 pounds to sit in the first row and watch Middleton model a sheer dress over a black bandeau and bikini bottoms. (M Neilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Heads on a platter

    In November 2006, British retailer Woolworths showed a china plate representing Prince William and Kate Middleton as a commemorative gift for their wedding. Four years later the prediction finally came true when the royal family announced that the couple were engaged. (Woolworths via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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