PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON are OFFICIALLY engaged, it was announced this morning.

They announcement made by royal officials ends of 8 years of guessing of just when for their "on-again-off-again" relationship.

Prince Charles‘ Clarence House office said the heir to the British throne is "delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton."

It said they got engaged during a vacation in Kenya  last month.

Prince William has informed the queen and other close members of his family," the Clarence House statement said.

"Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father."

The couple  will wed next spring or next summer.

As The ENQUIRER reported previously, their nups would coincide with the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the 2012 Olympics which Great Britain are hosting.

After the wedding, the couple will "live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force."

The Queen stated she was “absolutely delighted!” “I think this is going to be a very, very good and successful marriage. And I think this will take the monarchy through well into the 21st Century.”

First posted: 715 AM EST