This Is Where Prince William Proposed To Kate Middleton

A lot of fans would say that Prince William and Kate Middleton have the best royal love story. Before tying the knot in a 2011 ceremony televised in front of millions from around the world, William spent almost a decade courting Kate, whom he met while at college at St. Andrew's in Scotland. And while there were the typical breakups and makeups, he knew that Kate was going to be his future queen one day — and quite literally, too. 

In their joint engagement interview with the BBC back in 2010, William addressed the rumors that he had dumped Kate before getting back together again. "I wouldn't believe everything you read in the paper," he started, but admitted that they did take some time apart — which Kate also said was good for each other. "In that particular instance we did split up for a bit," William continued. "But that was just, we both were very young, it was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better."

That said, William's proposal to Kate was for the royal books. And the place where he popped the question was certainly mind-blowing, too.

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Africa, which 'holds a very special place' in his heart

Prince William popped the royal question to Kate Middleton in a place that would make any future princess giddy with excitement. 

According to The Telegraph, the Duke of Cambridge went all out by proposing to his future wife at a log cabin in Kenya. It was just the two of them with no paparazzi or cameras in sight — and a whopper of a ring that used to belong to William's late mother, Princess Diana. During a speech at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in 2020, William explained why he went the distance before proposing to Kate. He told the audience that night, "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."

It's without a doubt that Africa is a very sentimental place for William, as he also added in his speech that he and Kate "hope to have the chance to visit many more countries in the future and share our mutual love of your continent with our children." But William did also admit that it might have taken him longer than expected to propose to Kate — and for a very relatable reason.

Prince William likes to take things really slow

During their engagement interview with the BBC, William took his time before asking Kate Middleton perhaps the most important question in his life. 

William said that he had carried around Diana's ring in his backpack for three weeks before getting down on one royal knee and asking Kate to be his future ride-or-die queen. "I'd been planning it for a while, but as every guy out there will know it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going," William recalled, adding that he found the perfect time and place during their trip to Kenya with friends. "So I was planning it and then it just felt really right out in Africa. It was beautiful at the time. I just ... I had done a little bit of planning to show my romantic side."

So, in other words, William is someone who has a romantic side and likes to take things slow? The Duchess of Cambridge sure is a lucky woman, as he sounds like our kind of prince.