Royal NewsKate Middleton is “Absolutely Delighted” Sister Pippa Middleton is Engaged!

Pippa Middleton is engaged — and her older sister, Kate Middleton, couldn’t be more thrilled!

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are absolutely delighted with the news,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said on behalf of Kate and her husband, Prince William, both 34, following Pippa’s engagement news.

“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday, July 17 and plan to marry next year,” Pippa, 32, and James, 40, said in a statement.

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Pippa and James in March 2016.

James popped the question to Prince George and Princess Charlotte‘s aunt in England’s Lake District. Before getting down on one knee, Pippa’s hedge fund manager beau reportedly asked her parents, Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton, for permission to marry their daughter.

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“They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together,” Michael said in a statement on Tuesday, July 19. Pippa and James reportedly first began dating less than one year ago following the author’s October 2015 split from boyfriend Nico Jackson.

Click through the gallery below to see Kate and Pippa’s cutest sister moments!