Kate shares her joy following Pippa Middleton's engagement

Pippa Middleton's family just can't hide their excitement over her engagement. Following the announcement that Pippa said "yes" to boyfriend James Matthews' proposal in the Lake District over the weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge and her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have all shared their happiness for the bride- and groom-to-be.

Proud father Michael told reporters that both he and his wife were "absolutely thrilled" by the news. "They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together," he added.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYKate and Prince William were "absolutely delighted" for Pippa

Pippa's sister Kate and her husband Prince William have also shared their excitement, with a spokesman for Kensington Palace saying that they are both "absolutely delighted" for Pippa and James.

Hedge fund manager James popped the question on Sunday (July 17) as the couple enjoyed a romantic weekend away in the Cotswolds. Pippa debuted her beautiful diamond ring as she left her home in London on Tuesday morning, her beaming smile coming as further confirmation of the engagement.

Stepping out to a large gathering of photographers, the 32-year-old told reporters that she "couldn't be happier" following the proposal, which is said to have taken Pippa completely by surprise.

Pippa debuted her engagement ring as she left her home on Tuesday morning

The engagement won't have come as a shock to Michael and Carole, however. James, 40, is said to have asked permission from Michael for Pippa's hand in marriage before going down on one knee, with a source telling the Daily Mail: "James is a traditionalist and very much wanted to do things properly. That meant getting the consent of his future father-in-law."

Pippa and James, who briefly dated in 2012, rekindled their romance at the end of last year, and since then their relationship has gone from strength to strength.

The decadent vintage ring features a halo of diamonds around a large central diamond

The couple have a shared love of outdoor pursuits – namely running, skiing, swimming and cycling – which has only helped to strengthen their bond, and they have been virtually inseparable since seeing in the New Year in St Barts, where his parents own the exclusive Eden Rock Hotel.

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