The emotional reason why this is a very special week for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

So sweet!

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While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have only just returned from their royal tour of Pakistan, this week marks a rather momentous milestone for the pair.

Nine years ago this week, Prince William asked the Duchess to be his wife, when he proposed to her in Kenya.

While the couple didn’t make their engagement public until the 16th of November 2010, Prince William confirmed that he had popped the question to his then girlfriend turned fiancé during the trip to Africa with friends a few weeks earlier in October.

During their stay, they spent the night in the Rutundu Cabin at the foot of Mount Kenya and reportedly signed the guest book on their departure, detailing their ‘romantic’ stay.

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Catherine wrote, ‘Thank you for such a wonderful 24 hours! Sadly no fish to be found but we had fun trying. I love the warm fires and candle lights — so romantic. Hope to be back soon,’ while Prince William added, ‘Such fun to be back! Brought more clothes this time! Looked after so well. Thank you guys! Look forward to next time, soon I hope.’

Opening up about the proposal in their first interview as an engaged couple, the Duchess admitted that it came as a “total shock”.

Detailing his plan behind the grand gesture, Prince William explained how he had been carrying his mother Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring in his backpack with him for weeks before, waiting for the ideal moment, confessing that he knew he’d be “in a lot of trouble” if he lost the precious piece.

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Going into why the use of the family ring was so important to him, he added that it was a way of keeping his late mother “close to it all”.

Despite his worries, the Prince revealed that the moment went “really well” adding, “I’m very pleased that she said yes.”

On the 29th April 2011 the Duke and Duchess finally tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony in Westminster Abbey and have gone on to have three children together, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.

We're wishing the Duke and Duchess a very happy engagement anniversary!

Caitlin Elliott
Caitlin Elliott

Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. 


Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry). 


After leaving uni, she dabbled in fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team at Future for her first real job in the world of online journalism, joining the ranks as a Digital Writer in 2019. 


Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role. 


When she's not working you'll find Caitlin sipping bubbles at brunch with her besties, thinking about her next iced coffee, trying to close the rings on her Apple Watch, scrubbing up on her royal family knowledge or scrolling through the Zara app, trying to resist tapping 'check out' again.