Will Prince William pop the question? Friday could be the day.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010; 4:47 PM
Friday could bring the summer's biggest romance news.
Or it could bring nothing but Friday.
A couple of months ago, the Daily Beast's Tina Brown dropped a few hints that, come summertime, Britain's Prince William would finally pop the question to Kate Middleton, his girlfriend of seven years. "A highly placed source in royal circles said that two days in June have been mysteriously blocked out on the palace diaries -- June 3 and 4," Brown wrote.
She was not alone in her speculation. A few days ago author Nicholas Davies, who penned the biography "William: King for the 21st Century," stoked rumors by telling Star Magazine: "William has always said he will be ready for marriage after his 28th birthday -- that's next month."
Well, that day is almost at hand (the day that may announce the day, anyway) and so far, there's not much to tell.
William and Middleton -- a 28-year-old Berkshire, England-born daughter of an airline pilot and a flight attendant -- met when both were students at the University of St. Andrews, then became an item. The rumor mill has been grinding away about their supposedly imminent nuptials ever since, save for a break during the couple's brief separation in 2007.
According to representatives for the royal family, the engagement rumors are total rubbish. A spokesman for St. James's Palace declined to comment, and quoted a source as saying that any suggestion of Buckingham Palace's preparing for November nuptials was "wide of the mark," reports Britain's Telegraph.
Nevertheless, a few parties remain confident that the day is nigh. According to Reuters, Asda -- a British supermarket chain -- has already manufactured a line of commemorative crockery. Should William and Middleton decide to wait a little longer, the mugs will make good company for the teacups that Woolworth's manufactured in 2006, when similar speculation proved false.
If William and Kate's big day fails to materialize, there's always Sweden. On June 19, Crown Princess Victoria, the 32-year-old heir to the throne, will marry Daniel Westling, a 36-year-old gym owner whom she met when he was her personal trainer.