King Charles shares details of William’s proposal to ‘beloved’ Kate during Kenya trip

King Charles III described how Prince William proposed to his beloved daughter-in-law during a romantic trip to Kenya in 2010 and spoke of the royal family’s emotional attachment to the country.

King Charles III told a state banquet in Kenya about the moment Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

King Charles has spoken of the sweet moment his son William proposed to his “beloved” daughter-in-law during a trip to Kenya.

Prince William popped the question to the future Princess of Wales Kate Middleton during a glamorous holiday in Kenya 13 years ago, before the couple publicly announced their engagement one month later.

The monarch is currently on a trip to the East African nation as the country prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence – and he mentioned the memorable day to the couple during a state banquet in the capital, Nairobi. “Here, within sight of Mount Kenya, my son, the Prince of Wales, proposed to his wife, who is now my beloved daughter-in-law,” he said.

William and Kate publicly announced their engagement one month after a trip to Kenya in 2010(Getty Images)
The King is currently visiting Kenya as the country prepares to commemorate the 60th anniversary of independence(Getty Images)

For their romantic getaway in 2010, the couple stayed in one of Rutundu’s luxurious log cabins beside the picturesque Rutundu Lake. The cabins have private decks, offer views of the surrounding landscape – including Mount Kenya – and provide the perfect discreet setting for William. Speaking about his nerves ahead of the big moment just weeks after announcing their engagement, the Duke of Cambridge said at the time: “As everyone out there knows, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get going. So I was planning. I really felt that in Africa. It was beautiful.” In the same interview, Kate admitted it was a “complete shock” when William got down on one knee, adding: “There’s real romance there.”

A decade later, in 2020, William also revealed that the emotional connection between the royal family and Kenya helped him decide on choosing Kenya. He said at a reception at Buckingham Palace celebrating the UK’s relationship with Africa that the continent “holds a very special place in my heart” because it was the place where his father “took me and my brother” shortly after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

At the state banquet on Tuesday, the King also mentioned how Queen Elizabeth II was in Kenya when she discovered her father, King George VI, meaning she would be the new monarch. “It is well known, I think, that my dear mother, the late Queen, had a special affection for Kenya and the Kenyan people,” he said. She arrived here in 1952 as a princess, but left as a queen.

“It is very moving to read her diary of that visit, in which she wrote that she did not want to miss a single moment of Kenya’s extraordinary landscape. I truly cannot thank you enough for the support Kenya has given her during this difficult time.” At the banquet, King Charles also acknowledged the country’s pain caused by Britain’s colonial past, which he described as a cause of “profound regret.”

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