Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister, announces her engagement

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LONDON — Five years after famously standing in her sister Kate’s fairy-tale wedding, Pippa Middleton is officially planning her own nuptials.

Pippa Middleton attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England.  (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Pippa Middleton attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s 32-year-old younger sister, announced Tuesday she is engaged to marry her boyfriend, James Matthews, a hedge fund manager.

“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17th July and plan to marry next year,” the couple said in a statement released by the Press Association.

The statement confirms engagement rumors that started after Middleton appeared in photographs with a diamond ring on her left hand as she left her London home.

Middleton played a prominent role as bridesmaid in the April 2011 royal wedding of her older sister Kate and Britain’s Prince William at Westminster Abbey in London. She garnered her own headlines with an eye-catching gown in a ceremony seen live by a worldwide television audience.

When asked about Tuesday’s announcement, a representative for Kensington Palace told CNN that “the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are absolutely delighted with the news.”

The Daily Mail reported that Matthews, 40, proposed to Middleton over the weekend in northwest England’s Lake District.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.