Prince William’s emotional reason for proposing to Kate Middleton in Kenya

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It seems like only yesterday, but 11 years ago Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot.

But the Duke of Cambridge hasn’t forgotten all the planning that went into the proposal which would change their lives forever.

The pair met while they were both studying at St Andrew’s University at the tender age of 19, starting out as good friends before moving into a shared house with other friends where romance began to blossom.

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Despite a brief split in 2007, William got down on one knee with his late mother’s engagement ring during a trip to Kenya in 2010, reports The Mirror.

The couple travelled around the country before heading to Lake Rutundu, which William had decided was the perfect place to pop the question.

“It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya,” he told journalist Tom Bradby in their engagement interview in 2010.

“We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really.

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“We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed.”

William explained why he picked Africa for the special moment, at an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the UK’s relationship with Africa.

He said: “The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died.

“And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee.”

And he did so with his late mother’s ring.

“It is very special to me and Kate is very special to me now as well,” he said.

“It is only right the two are put together. It is my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today.”

Kate said ‘I do’ in April 2011 in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey, and since then, the couple has welcomed three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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