Odds on 2009 proposal shorten
Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton turns 27 today, as speculation grows that the couple will announce their engagement this year.
The couple spent much of the festive period holidaying at the royal retreat of Birkhall, the prince of Wales's home on the queen's private Balmoral estate in Scotland.
During their time together it was reported that William and his long-term partner enjoyed a romantic meal in a secluded log cabin in the grounds of the home.
Bookmakers William Hill said speculation around a royal wedding had seen the odds for an engagement announcement this year shorten from 6-4 to 1-2 in the last few weeks.
The couple met at St Andrews University in 2001, where they were both studying.
Rupert Adams, from William Hill, said: "A year or so ago the bet was will they ever get married -- yes or no? That's no longer a viable market as far as we're concerned. It's now which year will they get engaged.''