All the details on Prince William's 'very romantic' proposal to Kate

17 NOVEMBER 2010

The moment, when it came, was magical.

When Prince William proposed to his long-standing love Kate Middleton last month he pulled out all the stops to make the moment all the more special for his future bride.

According to the Telegraph, the romantic 28-year-old royal asked for Kate's hand by a secluded lake on the slopes of Mount Kenya (pictured) - Africa's second highest mountain.

 

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With two of the peak's lakes – Lake Alice and Lake Michaelson – only accessible by helicopter, it is thought that RAF pilot Wills flew Kate to the romantic location by borrowed helicopter.

And there, more than 12,500ft above sea level, he proposed, against the spectacular backdrop of the Rift Valley.

It came of little surprise to learn that William asked Kate to marry him in the continent he considers his second home.

And of course, Kenya itself holds special meaning to the royal family itself.

William's grandmother also made history there in 1952 when, as a young princess, she learnt she had become queen. Elizabeth II had been staying at the Treetops lodge in Nyeri with husband Prince Philip when her father George VI died.

 

 

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Mount Kenya stands above Lewa Downs – the wildlife conservancy owned by the family of Jecca Craig, William's friend. The Prince spent several months working there during his gap year after Eton.

Kate and William were on holiday with friends at the time of the proposal, staying in a Maasai lodge called Il Ngwesi (pictured).

Located in a savannah north of Mount Kenya, the community-run retreat offers open-air luxury bandas or tents with views of the surrounding landscape, as well as a horizon pool from which guests can watch wildlife come to drink from a nearby spring.

 

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