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According to Tina Brown, biographer of the late Princess Diana, Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton may become engaged soon. On her blog and news website, thedailybeast.com, Brown wrote that she expected an announcement to come in June. Buckingham Palace is remaining mum on the matter. According to “a highly placed source,” June 3 and 4 have been inexplicably blocked out on the palace diaries. Brown speculates that if indeed June brings an engagement announcement, the wedding would likely follow in November, as did the wedding of the prince’s Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947.
According to Brown, having a wedding later than that would come in conflict with too many royal family events, including Prince William’s graduation from RAF training and Prince Philip’s 90th birthday in 2011, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
In ever-so-slightly related news, one of the helicopter pilots in training with Prince William, it was recently revealed, will be undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The 29-year-old man will become a woman over the course of approximately 12 months. Whether the pilot is friends with the prince is unclear, and the RAF is downplaying the announcement, saying that the RAF officer’s plans to become a woman were not an issue as long as she can do the job.
In contrast to the more conflicted policies in the U.S. military, the RAF considers the issue “no big deal,” and that the armed forces are “a reflection of society.”