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Is Prince William the next Royal Bridegroom?

Posted by Marilyn on February 19, 2006

Once again, speculation is rife that Kate Middleton will become the next ‘Windsor generation’s fairy-tale bride’. All the ‘signs’ are there: the couple are building a ‘love nest’, Kate is getting ‘bodyguards’, and 63% of Hello readers favor the match.

Although never officially confirmed, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been dating for at least three years and she seems to be his first truly serious girlfriend. But isn’t it a bit premature to discuss marriage? Prince William is still only 23 years old, way too young to be getting married, let alone thinking of it. There’s still plenty of time. Besides, the sooner he’s married, the sooner the rumors of trouble will start.

However, should Prince William marry now he will be the youngest royal bridegroom since 1863. His great-great-great grandfather, King Edward VII was 21 when he married.  It will also be the first time since 1893, when an heir to an heir to the throne married. This was his great-great grandfather, King George V, the son of King Edward VII. When Prince Charles married in 1981, at the age of 32 he was, comparatively, the oldest royal bridegroom in recent history. In 2005 he beat his own record by marrying at the age of 56.

Despite Prince William’s age, marrying young can work. Just ask his grandmother, the Queen, who married when she was 21. She’s been married for almost 59 years and it’s still going strong.  Charles and Diana aside, the marriages of heirs to the throne have good track records. King Edward VII was married for 47 years, King George V for 43, and King George VI for 29 years. And all of them married when they were under 30, so age is not necessarily a factor.

Will Prince William be the next royal bridegroom?

We’ll have to wait and see.

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