We're spoiled with yet another royal wedding on the horizon—except this time, it's not going to be in a cozy chapel in the British countryside.
Princess Grace's grandson, Louis Ducruet, has announced his engagement to his college sweetheart this week. Per PEOPLE, Ducruet—who is currently 12th in line to succeed the Monaco throne—met his fiancée, Marie Chevallier, while they were both attending college together at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. While Chevallier pursued a course of study in marketing, Ducruet favored a sports management degree, and he's now a recruiter of the popular soccer team AS Monaco after attending business school in France. Meanwhile, Chevallier works as a coordinator at the famed and ritzy Hotel Hermitage, where she frequently handles guest relations and events. They both intend to keep their careers in motion after the nuptials, as Louis will likely never come close to ascending the throne. (Sorry, chap.)
Princess Stéphanie, who is Princess Grace's daughter, expressed "joy" about the engagement in a statement, as this is her first child to be engaged. (Specifically, Louis is her oldest child with her ex-husband Daniel Ducruet. The two have remained on cordial terms, and have two other children, according to ˆPEOPLE.) A wedding date, venue, and all of those tidbits have yet to be revealed.
So, who exactly is Louis Ducruet? Despite the occasional appearance in the glamorous European tabloids when he attends official state functions or fundraisers, the royal has been frequently hailed as a polite, normal young man who generally avoids being the center of attention in his home country—and, apparently, knows how to pull off one hell of a proposal. In an ultra-relatable move, Louis's bride-to-be took to Instagram to post a photo of the moment.
The proposal looks to have taken place on a beach beneath a decorated awning. A royal proposal, indeed.
Congrats to the happy couple! You're in good, royal company for a 2018 engagement.