November 17th, 2010
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(CNN) – The engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton lit the Internet on fire Wednesday, a good news story for a UK demoralized by debt and spending cuts.

The royal family hasn't announced a date for the wedding yet. But Ireland’s biggest bookmaker is naming the second Saturday in August  in 2011 as the favorite possible date. Paddy Power is offering 3-to-1 odds on that being the big day.

Less likely - at 10-to-1  - is Saturday, July the 30th. That's because it falls just one day after the 30th anniversary of Prince William's parents' wedding - when Charles and Diana tied the knot in 1981.

Other bets being placed:

Where will the wedding take place? (Westminster Abbey is the 6-to-5 favorite).

What title will William assume? (Duke of Cambridge, 5-to-4).

UK viewers of wedding broadcast? (More than 36 million, 3-to-1)

Who will design the wedding dress? (Amanda Wakeley, 4-to-1)

Length of Kate’s train? (Less than two meters, 6-to-4)

Color of the Queen’s hat? (Pink, 9-to-2 favorite)

Meanwhile, the UK Kenya Tourist Board is hoping that the royal proposal – which was made when the pair were visiting  the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy near Mount Kenya – will provide a boost in tourism to the nation.

“For a country such as Kenya which relies heavily on tourism, this will created worldwide publicity and significantly enhance the profile as a romantic holiday destination,” director Angie Sloan said in a news release.

Ah, love is in the air. And financial opportunism.

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  1. Wilfred -Kenya

    Very proud to be Kenyan...we are very romantic dont u think?

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 am |
  2. matmania

    Yep. Proudly Kenyan

    November 17, 2010 at 6:16 am |
  3. ada

    Congrats,am really happy.I will be wedding the same day.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  4. Anil

    Just when you thought, 'Oh no, here we go again', it's really refreshing to see that the two comments posted on this article are on Kenya and not a furious debate on the number of folds the wedding gown will feature.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  5. Josh King

    My family just had to sit through 12 minutes of Kate and William's engagement via Channel Nine and Seven. Journalists went beyond the Who, What, Where, When and Why principle. We had every possible angle covered and there was no escape for people who wanted REAL NEWS. The only people not interviewed were those with a care factor of zero. To the media, get a grip and cover something that adds value to people's lives. And as for Prince Willy and Katie, can you please get married tomorrow so the media torture can end quickly? Thank you.

    Josh King
    Sydney, Australia

    November 17, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  6. Reuben

    kenya will greatly gain from the publicity

    November 17, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  7. joe

    When will Prince William and Kate Middleton marry? Where will it take place? And what color will the Queen's hat be..and the biggest bet. How long will it last?

    November 17, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  8. liz

    proudly place

    November 17, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  9. Geenjuguna

    Honeymoon itakuwa hapa hapa tu

    November 17, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  10. ahlam

    Congratulations,great news from the royal family.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  11. jeffrey mansfield

    Dont make the mistake of assuming that the British are over the moon about this royal hitch-up. There is an ever-increasing republican sentiment here, see us at, and we intend to make our voices heard during the build-up to this wedding and on the day itself. We want to put democracy in the place of monarchy and we are sick and tired of this sychophantic toadying. Down with monarchy! Long live republican simplicity and an egalitarian meritocracy.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  12. Liz

    Prince William and Kate please do us a favour and marry here in Kenya instead. for sure we will get a public holiday n this will boost our economy. Kenya loves you William and we will not complain.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  13. Singero

    Kate and William will marry on Westminster on June, 26.

    Lets hope that Kate doesn´t have squeletons in the closet... and she can be a great queen.

    (since the first year of marriage will be big, when they announce that kate is waiting for a baby, Prince charles will give prince william the title of Heir)

    November 17, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  14. Peter

    Wow! Kenya finally in the news @CNN for a good reason. The Royals are welcome for their Honeymoon.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  15. Lizo

    thank goodness he chose a beautiful English woman!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  16. Rudolph.A.Furtado

    Strange co-incidence of Kenya with British Royslty. Queen Elizabeth was holidaying at the World famous "Treetops hotel in Kenya when she received news of her father King George vi demise in 1952, hence aascending the throne of England.
    Her grandson and heir to the future throne Prince William also chose Kenya to propose to his future queen Kate.Middleton.

    November 17, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  17. dan

    Doesn't Kate Middleton looklike Linda Carter? :)

    November 17, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  18. Kris

    Doesnt her family own like half of Lewa? Anyway nice to see Kenya in the news for positive things again.

    Mambo sweeeeeet

    November 17, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  19. shimanyular shihemi

    Kenya anytime, ,,,honeymoon= Maasai Mara

    November 17, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  20. M A Janssen

    I agree with Josh King. A simple announcement should be enough but no, they will go on & on about it, infiurating the likes of us who want to read about what happens to real people all over the world. The media is really crap nowadays – nothing of substance, just sensationalism. No wonder the world is in chaos.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  21. adelaloo

    nimepigiwa simu nitakua best man

    November 17, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  22. Kris

    Ooops mistake there, that was Jessica Craig the ex who owns half of Lewa. My bad.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  23. Dr. Joseph Guindy

    Thank you for all this information. Now will the midea kindly get off the young couples case so they can arrange their life.
    The midea has the young mans mothers blood on its hands, it would be prudent not to also persue this couple too.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  24. Francoise Paull

    The first 5-10 minutes were exciting and good news, but seeing the same pictures over and over again was boring. I am Canadian and proud to be but the royals do not give a hoot about us except to visit us once in a while and get, you guessed it, the Royal Treatment.... I wish them both the best life possible under the circumstances i.e. nasty mother-in-law, papparizzi following them everywhere etc....

    November 17, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  25. Mwenda

    Prince William has visited The Lewa Conservancy in Meru County, Kenya, severally, so much that he was rumored to be in a relationship with Jessica Craig, the owners daughter.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  26. Paulo

    It looks designed to distract British people from their REAL and VERY SOLID problems!

    November 17, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  27. mary ann

    what have william and kate accomplished in their life and deserve to be newsworthy?

    November 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  28. Sabir

    @ Josh King – it is the most world renowed royal family so obviously they are going to get alot of press coverage.

    November 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  29. Karl

    @Jeffrey Mansfield, your republican group should do some honest calculations on the many economic benefits which the Royal family confer on you Brits...start with tourism and add on the products with the Royal Warrant...of course if you all want to encourage the ongoing downward slide of Britain into obscurity then by all means abolish the monarchy..but don't forget this..sixty percent of the world's population will watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at some stage. Go figure how many of us in the other parts of the world (or you Brits as well) will even consider watching the pikney of some Joe Blow President get married...ho hum...get a life!

    November 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  30. Jester

    I am Kenyan, and I totally don't understand why my compatriots are thrilled by all this.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  31. Deanna

    @ DAN on November 17th, 2010 10:17 am ET
    Doesn't Kate Middleton looklike Linda Carter? :)
    YES SHE DOES!!!!!1 Its been driving me crazy but you nailed it for me. thanks SO MUCH

    November 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  32. Doughlish

    Where is Jessica Craig to protest???...

    November 18, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  33. Constant Mulase

    Kenya, Kenya, Kenya...... What a blessed nation. It has brilliant people ever seen in the world. Having a Kenyan DNA is enough mighty weapon Of God. Great people, great nation. Whether super power of developing nation any person must be proud of Kenya. William and Kate we love you so dearly and wish you all the best. Thank you for loving Kenya so much to choose it as your memorable place of engagement. Good you came even if Obama din't since he took over power. You need our blessings Brother Obama.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  34. sam k

    I am a proud Kenyan. Never to be excited about ordinary things. In a day, thousands of young Kenyan Couples engage without a mention in the media. So, I really dont understand the fuss about this.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  35. icon pack

    I agree with told all above. Let's discuss this question.

    November 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  36. brown

    Most kenyans should empower themselves with business and entrepreneurship skills.This will provide a means of employment and improve our economy.Check books on business and financial empowerment at

    June 25, 2013 at 10:59 am |

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