Zara Phillips to marry her rugby star love as couple announce their engagement
21 DECEMBER 2010
Prince William is not the only British royal with a wedding to plan.
It has been announced that his cousin Zara Phillips is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Mike Tindall.
"The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Zara Phillips to Mr Mike Tindall," a notice read on the British Monarchy Twitter page.
And a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman has confirmed the happy news, revealing that Mike proposed to Zara on Monday night at the couple's Gloucestershire home.
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The Queen and Prince Philip are said to be "delighted".
The 29-year-old equestrian and her rugby player love have been dating for around seven years since first meeting during England's Rugby World Cup winning campaign in 2003.
Speaking to HELLO!
last year, Mike, 32, confirmed that long-term commitment was on the cards
, saying: "I don’t think it's about whether we will get married but when."
"There's no doubt that I love Zara but it has to be the right time… And yes it probably will be a white wedding, although sometimes I can see the attraction of sneaking away without telling anyone."
The couple have yet to set a date for their wedding, but are unlikely to pick one too close to April 29, which has been chosen by William and Kate.