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Prince William’s sister-in-law Pippa Middleton to marry

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LONDON: Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Prince William’s wife Kate, announced that she had got engaged to her boyfriend James Matthews, a hedge fund manager.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said William and Kate were “absolutely delighted with the news” of the 32-year-old’s engagement at the weekend, which will be followed by a wedding next year.

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Middleton rose to global prominence when she was a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding in 2011.

She appeared in a figure-hugging white dress by Alexander McQueen, pictures of which filled newspapers for weeks afterwards.

Middleton subsequently wrote a book on party planning that was widely mocked for offering obvious tips, followed by a regular column in a magazine for upmarket British supermarket chain Waitrose.

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“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday July 17 and plan to marry next year,” they said in a statement.

The couple have been together less than a year but they were living together.

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Matthews proposed during a trip to the picturesque Lake District in northwest England, the Daily Mail newspaper said.

Middleton’s parents Michael and Carole said they were “absolutely thrilled”, with her father saying in a statement: “They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together.”

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