Now that Prince William has finally popped the question to his girlfriend of eight years, Kate Middleton, the world is ready for another royal fairytale wedding. But how will the impeding nuptials compare to that of William's father Charles and late mother Diana? And does their love stand a chance at lasting?
Let's look at the story the numbers tell...
Diana and Charles
The Beginning: Diana, 19, Charles, 31
The Courtship: Less than a year
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The Proposal: February 6, 1981
The Ring: 18-carat sapphire and diamond ring made by Garrard jewelers
The Announcement: February 24, 1981
The Wedding: July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral
750 million people watched ceremony on TV
3500 guests at wedding
The Dress: David and Elizabeth Emanuel
The Kids: William, June 21, 1982
Harry, September 15, 1984
The Separation: December 9, 1992
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The Divorce: August 28, 1996
Kate and William
The Beginning: Both were 20 years old
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The Courtship: 8 years
The Proposal: October 2010
The Ring: Diana's engagement ring
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The Announcement: November 16, 2010
The Wedding: Spring or Summer 2011
The Kids: Tina Brown speculated on Good Morning America, "Kate is going to be breeding up a storm in Wales soon."
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