Eamonn Holmes is to marry his partner, This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford.

The 49-year-old Sky News and This Morning co-presenter confirmed his engagement to Ruth on the show on Friday when viewers emailed congratulations after spotting her wearing an engagement ring.

Eamonn popped the question on a romantic break to celebrate her 49th birthday last week.

Ruth said: “I’m so thrilled. We’ve discussed marriage many times, but this was an incredibly romantic and heartfelt proposal which I will never forget.

“It came as a complete bolt from the blue and I said yes immediately. It was very emotional – we were both in tears. I collected my ring yesterday and I’m just so excited.”

Eamonn, a Manchester United fan, joked they might tie the knot at Old Trafford with Langsford wearing the club strip.

He said: “Quite simply, I adore Ruth. Ever since I first met her I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

“I’m slightly embarrassed I haven’t got round to it before this, but one day last week I looked at her across a crowded room and fell in love all over again.”

The couple have a seven-year-old son, Jack, and plan to get married next spring.

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