Well, it’s been one year since William and Kate were secretly engaged at a remote cabin in Kenya. As has been widely reported, William and Kate were engaged while on holiday with friends.
As Kate later said in the November 16th official engagement interview,“We were out there with friends and things, so I really didn’t expect it at all.”
For 24 hours, William and Kate left the group and went by helicopter to Rutundu Log Cabins where William proposed. Here is a picture of the cabin:
Based on the guestbook that they signed, the engagement would have taken place on October 20th.
In the guestbook, dated October 21 2010, William wrote:
“Such fun to be back! Brought more warm clothes this time! Looked after so well, thank you guys! Look forward to next time, soon I hope. William”
“Thank you for such a wonderful 24 hours! Sadly no fish to be found but we had great fun trying. I love the warm fires and candlelights — so romantic! Hope to be back again soon. Catherine Middleton.”
Kate’s comment about not catching any fish reminds of Diana’s funny comment at Balmoral when she didn’t catch any fish and said, ‘It’s alright. I’ve already caught the biggest fish!’.
The cabin was rustic and without electricity – here are a few pictures:
While at the cabin, William and Kate were helped by a safari guide, an attendant and a chef.
They were next seen publicly just a few days later on October 23rd at the wedding of friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in the village of Northleach. There was a flurry of speculation that an engagement announcement was imminent since it was unusual for them to be pictured together arriving at an event.
The next big hint that an engagement announcement was imminent was when these pictures emerged of Carole and Michael Middleton hunting on the Birkhall Estate – Charles’ Scottish residence – as guests of Prince Charles.
‘I think as any mother would be she was absolutely over the moon. And actually we had quite an awkward situation because I knew and I knew that William had asked my father but I didn’t know if my mother knew. So I came back from Scotland and my mother didn’t make it clear to me whether she knew or not so both of us were there sort of looking at each other and feeling quite awkward about it.’
William and Kate intended to make the official announcement of their engagement sooner than November 16th, but pushed it back a few days when Kate’s grandfather sadly died on November 2nd. His funeral was held on Friday, November 12th. (Interestingly Peter Middleton met Prince Philip in 1962 – read more about that here).
We’ll leave you with this enjoyable quote from William in the November 16th engagement interview:
‘…it is just really easy being with each other, it is really fun and I’m extremely funny and she loves that so it’s been good.’