The Duke of Cambridge popped the question in Kenya, back in 2010.
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From the early days of their relationship, college-sweethearts Prince William and Kate Middleton have been very private about their relationship. To this day, for example, they rarely partake in public display of affections. However, Prince William recently broke his usual protocol and opened up about his proposal to Kate Middleton.

During a special reception hosted at Buckingham Palace to honor the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit, Prince William spoke fondly of Kenya, the country where he asked his now-wife to marry him. "The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died," Prince William said, according to a palace statement. "And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee."

Royal fans will recall the details of the then-future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Kenya engagement, which took place during their stay at a "rustic and ultra-private" Rutundu log cabin, the Telegraph reported. Famously, Prince William used Princess Diana's sapphire ring while asking Middleton to be his bride.

"Well as you may recognize now, it's my mother's engagement ring and it's very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well. It was only right the two were put together," the royal said during a post-engagement interview, reported ABC News. "It was my way of making sure mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together." He went on to say, "I had been carrying [the ring] around in my rucksack for about three weeks before [the proposal]. Everywhere I went, I was keeping ahold of it, cause I knew if this thing disappeared, I'd be in a lot of trouble."


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