It wasn’t long before media speculation about the couple’s marriage plans resumed. Days passed, and the months turned into years without so much as a peep about wedding bells. During this time, an evidently exasperated British media began calling her “Waity Katie.” Thankfully, the wait and name-calling would not last much longer.
In October 2010, Prince William popped the question to Kate while they were holidaying in Kenya. Kate would later describe to the press how romantic the engagement was. Prince William gave her the same sapphire ring his mother, the late Princess Diana, wore when she got engaged – his way of ensuring his mother did not miss out on that moment.
Her Allergy to Horses
Kate is among the few in the royal family who has ever been on horseback. Unlike Prince William, she never learned horse riding as a child or grew up around them. In 2009, the Duchess told Australian author Katty Lette that she is severely allergic to horses. Reports say the Duchess is actively working to overcome her allergy.
She has made it a point to spend more time with horses. Kate has also been photographed around horses and will pat them on occasion. As horses are a significant part of royal life, she really never had an option, and she had to learn how to live alongside this beautiful creature.
When The Queen Broke Protocol For Kate
The late Queen Elizabeth was the most important person in the royal family, and getting along with her was top priority to anyone joining the family. In the summer of 2009, Kate and the Queen spent quality time together on a family trip to Balmoral.
The two seem to have got on well, which is evident in how the late Queen broke protocol and permitted Kate to take photos of the estate. It was an unprecedented generous gesture by the late Queen since Kate and Prince William were not married then. Kate must have done something right for someone as composed as the Queen to let her guard down.
The Royal Couple Announce Their Engagement
In November 2010, the royal family issued a public statement announcing the engagement of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. The prince had informed the queen and other close members of the family. He had also sought permission from Kate’s father. The happy couple later appeared at a press conference, stating that the timing was right.
In preparation for her new life and entry into the royal family, Kate assumed the more formal name - Catherine. She was born Catherine; however, this was the first time her official name would be heard. Her full name was no stranger to the British History books, and many grand women carry the same title.
Kate And William Chat With The Press
Kate and Prince William appeared in a series of interviews after their engagement. In one of them, Kate described how she blushed a "bright red" and scurried off shyly when she met the prince for the first time at university. The future Duchess shared how they eventually became good friends, even though the prince did not participate in Fresher’s Week.
He was conspicuously absent the first few weeks, so it took time for the couple to get to know each other. There was no rush, and things really did take a slow pace, but you know what they say. For the good things in life, one must wait.