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Pippa Middleton, sister of Duchess of Cambridge, is engaged

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LONDON (NBC) — British royal sibling Pippa Middleton is engaged to her hedge-fund manager boyfriend, a palace spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

Middleton became an international sensation following the 2011 wedding of her sister, Kate, with some saying her bridesmaid dress stole the show.

Speculation that Middleton's boyfriend had popped the question ramped up on Tuesday when she was photographed leaving her apartment wearing a large diamond ring.

Kensington Palace confirmed the engagement in a statement later Tuesday saying that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — better known as Prince William and Kate — were "absolutely delighted with the news."

The 32-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly marry James Matthews, 40, next year.

The couple were recently seen watching the tennis together at the Wimbledon championships in London.

According to NBC News' British partner ITV News, Matthews asked Middleton's father for permission before proposing this weekend after less than a year of dating.

Matthews is the older brother of British reality star Spencer Matthews, who appears on the hit show "Made In Chelsea."

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