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Clarence House announces Prince William's engagement on Twitter

Prince set to marry Catherine Middleton next year

Clarence House, the royal home in London, on Tuesday announced the news of the engagement of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on Twitter. This is reportedly the first time that it has communicated family news so informally.

"The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton," the tweet on the microblogging service read.

Although Prince Charles's office issued a formal statement announcing the news, the quick tweet gave the away the official confirmation of the first major royal wedding of the new millennium into a 148-character social media post, an AOL report added.

The message was retweeted by the Queen's official Twitter page British Monarchy.

The Royal Family opened its account on social networking site Facebook earlier this month.

Prince William is set to marry Catherine Middleton next year.