The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year, the AP reports. The couple confirmed rumors in a statement to Britain's Press Association, saying they planned to marry in 2017. The statement came as Middleton appeared in photographs with a diamond engagement ring on her left hand as she left her London home.
Matthews got down on one knee while they were visiting the picturesque Lake District and proposed to the 32-year-old Middleton on Sunday. British media say they've been dating less than a year. Her elder sister, the former Kate Middleton, and Prince William say they're "absolutely delighted," by the news, per Kensington Palace. "They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together," says her father, Michael Middleton. (Pippa has been falsely rumored to be engaged at least twice before.)